The winter. *sigh* It’s not my favorite season. I know it gives many people a reason to cozy up and lay around, but that’s just not in my personality! Don’t get me wrong, I love a cozy evening, but generally, winter cramps my style. Maybe it’s the Ohio winters, but the snow, ice, and cold make it hard for me to be consistent in my workouts whether it’s the scary roads, delays, or my gym is closed down (yes, it’s happened), not to mention, I feel like I actually do hibernate! You get me home and in my comfy PJ’s, I have a hard time putting on those workout clothes!
So now that I’ve complained a bit (haha), I have to let you know that I don’t just give up on my health for these 3 months. I’ve had to get creative and be a little more determined in these months because I know summer bodies are made in the winter! Not to mention, I get a little stir crazy in the house so I need a great outlet for this energy!
Cue winter workouts.
While snow shoveling and snowman building do burn off some steam, I’m usually the one in the house making the hot cocoa for the family. And if the gym isn’t an option, (because my very favorite workout is lifting heavy weights!) a great winter workout is to get friendly with workouts I can do online or using my phone! We have one TV that has DVD capabilities and it’s smack dab in the middle of our living room which means it’s never free of toys or kids, so I retreat to our less than perfect basement, bring my phone or laptop, and sweat it out there! (My laptop DVD is broken so I can’t even put DVDs there. haha)
Working out at my sister’s townhouse in Chicago! Love having access to great workouts online!
Some of my favorite go-to workouts are:
– Smartphone Apps: I really really like Nike Training Club. I’ve mentioned it here before. Intense workouts that are easy to follow. I also love the Gymboss timer. I will pick 3 or 4 exercises and do them quickly in small spurts. The timer keeps me on point.
– Pinterest Boards: Don’t forget about all those great workouts you’ve pinned all year. This is the perfect time to use them!
And I have to be honest–some of my favorite workouts are ones I come up with when I get in my own world with my music in my ears. That’s how many of the routines I create come alive!
What are some of your favorite winter workouts? Do you prefer to enjoy the cold and outdoors? Maybe you are lucky and have a mild winter, so does your workout change at all from the rest of the year? I’d love to know and maybe I can take some tips from you!