During the freezing winter months, it seems to be the hardest to get motivated to exercise. With cold temperatures, it is easier to cuddle up in your pajamas with a snack and warm beverage and skip exercise. Exercising helps you to feel your best though so you should try to do it regularly.
When you are having a good conversation, it is easy to forget that you are exercising.
I feel my best when I exercise so I am trying to do some exercise daily. I believe that exercise is extremely important for mental health. When I skip exercising, I feel stir crazy during the cold months.
Here are some tips for exercising during the winter months:
1. BUNDLE UP AND GET OUTSIDE
At least once a week, try to exercise outside. Something about the fresh (and even cold) air can make you feel really good. Check the weather each week and pick at least 1 day to exercise outside. If you live in a cold area, try to find a day that is going to be in the upper 20s or the 30s. Don’t forget a bunch of layers of clothing or else you may be very cold.
2. TAKE A WALK ON THE TREADMILL
Yes, a treadmill can often be referred to as a “dreadmill” but using the treadmill can actually be fun. If you do not own a treadmill, you can go to a gym to use a treadmill. It can be very boring walking or running on the treadmill so watch a good movie/TV show, read a magazine or talk to a friend while exercising on the treadmill.
3. DO IT FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Exercising will help you to feel your best. Mental health is just as important as physical health. Sitting around all winter is not good for your mental health so make sure to do plenty of physical activity. It helps to reduce or prevent seasonal affective disorder.
4. DO SOMETHING QUICK
Even if you don’t want to exercise for an extended period of time, complete a quick workout to get your body moving. These are some great, quick exercise moves:
- Jumping jacks
- Lifting weights (bicep curls, rows, tricep extensions, etc.)
5. DO IT WITH A FRIEND
Exercising with others can be very motivating. It can also make the time pass quickly. When you are having a good conversation, it is easy to forget that you are exercising. Find someone who enjoys exercising and will help get you out there even in the coldest of temperatures.