When it’s below freezing outside, it is really hard to motivate yourself to leave your house and get some exercise. This is why many people fall into an exercise rut during the winter.
However, the problem is not a lack of options. It may feel like some of your favorite exercise activities are off-limits during the colder months. But there are a lot of great ways to get in shape during the winter.
Need inspiration? Keep reading for seven winter exercise ideas that will keep you in shape all winter long.
1. Snow Sports
If you live in a snowy climate, snow sports are a great way to stay in shape during the winter. And there are so many options that you have plenty to choose from. Here are some popular choices:
- Downhill skiing
- Cross country skiing
- Sledding or tubing
Downhill skiing is so much fun that most people hardly realize they are exercising while they do it. But in fact, downhill skiing uses muscle groups that don’t always get tested in other workouts.
Cross country skiing is when you ski on a hiking trail. It is a lot of work and is great for exercise. Plus, you can take in impressive scenery while you do it.
Similarly, snowshoeing is a great workout for people who like to hike during warmer months. There’s no need to give up your love for the trails in the winter. Just strap on some snowshoes.
Even sledding or tubing is a great way to get your daily exercise. Hiking up to the top of a hill to get a good ride is exercise disguised as a good time.
For any snow sport, make sure you dress warmly. Cotton is inappropriate cold weather clothing because once it gets wet, it freezes. Click here for a list of good cold-weather clothing.
Zumba is a popular workout that most closely resembles dance. It burns a lot of calories but is a lot of fun. Plus the soundtrack is usually fun and engaging.
Since Zumba is commonly done in a studio, it is a great option for winter exercise. Additionally, Zumba is a group activity. Working out in a group is a great way to stay motivated in your exercise regimen during the winter.
This is one of our top winter exercise tips: work out with a buddy. If you have an exercise buddy or group of friends who will hold you accountable, you are more likely to show up for your workout.
3. Yoga or Pilates
Training in yoga or pilates is a great way to keep exercising in the winter. Both yoga and pilates can be done in a group at a studio. But they can also be done at home on your own.
Many people like to follow the guidance of a virtual instructor. There are many yoga and pilates options on YouTube, but there are also instructors who conduct classes via live stream.
Both yoga and pilates build strength and balance. They can be practiced with minimal room and with next to no equipment. When cold winter weather demands that you stay inside your apartment, yoga or pilates can keep you on track.
4. Get a Personal Trainer
One of the biggest struggles people face when exercising in the winter is staying motivated to show up. That’s where hiring a personal trainer can help.
A personal trainer can guide you through workouts and help you maximize your results.
Personal trainers are especially helpful if you are beginning to invest time in fitness as part of a New Year’s resolution. If you are new to working out, let a personal trainer help you get started.
5. Shoveling Snow
Yes, really. Even though it is not a conventional workout, shoveling snow can be great strength training during the winter.
Plus, you probably need to shovel your driveway anyway. So why not kill two birds with one stone?
If you live in a snowy climate where you have to shovel your driveway several times per week, you can use this as part of your workout routine. If your driveway isn’t very big, consider shoveling part of the street around your house as well. (Provided you live in a low traffic area where it is safe to do so.)
6. Join an Indoor Intramural Sport
A lot of people phase out of team sports when they leave school. But really, anyone can play a team sport if their area has an intramural league. Intramural leagues are for adults who like to play a sport but do not play professionally.
Getting involved in an intramural indoor sport is a great way to stay active during the winter. Basketball is a great example of an indoor sport commonly played in intramural leagues. And you may even make some friends or future exercise partners along the way.
7. Find a Boxing Gym
Recreational boxing is a great way to get some exercise during the winter. You don’t have to be competitive to join a boxing gym, you just have to be willing to learn. Kickboxing in particular is an accessible entry point into the sport.
Boxing is a unique combination of strength training and endurance. If you join a gym, you can practice all year long. But it’s a great winter option because it will keep you in shape for those other activities you love in the summer.
Winter Exercise Ideas for a Healthy Lifestyle
It can be hard to stick with your exercise regimen during the winter. But fortunately, there are a lot of great ways to stay in shape, even in the colder months. By following through on one of these winter exercise ideas, you can stay fit all year long.
If you’re ready to embark on your fitness journey and need some help getting started, click here. We offer group classes, personal trainers, and other great options for staying fit!