As the weather gets colder, many of us find it harder and harder to get up early, get moving and fit in our exercise during the day. When it’s freezing cold outside, the last thing most of us feel like doing is getting up and going for a jog! The thing is, exercise doesn’t have to be all or nothing. There are easy ways to fit exercise into your daily lifestyle. Here are some tips to help you incorporate some exercise into your day and help avoid the cold weather bulge!
- Bike, walk or run to work (if work is within reasonable distance from home)
- Go to bed one hour earlier and wake up one hour earlier. Sometimes this shift in schedule can help us feel more rested and eager to exercise in the morning.
- Workout on your lunch hour. You can find a gym nearby or even just go for a walk on your lunch hour.
- Sit on a stability ball instead of a chair when you’re at your desk. You can also fit in some curls, crunches or tricep dips using your chair.
- Exercise while watching TV. Dumbbells, squats and lunges are easy exercises that won’t interfere with your viewing but can help to add some activity to your day.
- Get your family involved! If you have young children, jog with them in the stroller. If you have older children, have them join you for a brisk walk. Go for a hike or a job with your significant other – or go on a “date” to the gym.
- Always take the stairs – take two steps at a time to really up the workout for your backside!
- Combine your cardio and weight training – do your dumbbell reps while walking on the treadmill.
- Be active when you’re waiting in lines – jumping jacks, squats and lunges are great when you’re just standing around waiting.
The cold weather months don’t have to mean sitting around, stuffing yourself with junk food and cuddling under the blankets. Find ways to keep yourself active to boost your mood, your immunity, your sex drive and your mental clarity.