As the days get colder, you may feel your fitness motivation starting to fade. However, just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your workout. There are plenty of ways you can modify your routine to fit every season.

Winter is a great time to get back to basics and build a strong foundation for your spring and summer fitness goals. Don’t feel like going outside or hitting the gym? There are plenty of effective workout options that can be done from the comfort of your home. High-intensity interval training and body weight workouts can provide the cardio and strength training to help you maintain a healthy fitness routine all year round.

While it may seem difficult to motivate yourself to go outside when temperatures dip, we encourage you to give it a try! There are many benefits to exercising in cold weather. You’ll burn more calories as your body works harder to regulate its core temperature. This also boosts the number of endorphins your body produces, leaving you feeling happier after a workout in the cold. A winter workout can also strengthen your heart and provide you with your daily dose of vitamin D. Since your heart works harder in colder weather, check with your doctor before heading outdoors for a run.

Not feeling a winter run? There are plenty of options for outdoor activities that you can enjoy during the winter. Ice skating, skiing, snowshoeing or even taking a brisk walk are all activities that you can enjoy with your family and friends while hitting your weekly exercise goals. No matter what activity you choose, it’s important to dress appropriately for the weather. Choose clothes that will keep you warm, comfortable, and dry throughout your workout. Check out our tips for winter workout attire below.

Winter Workout Attire

  • Layer up – A base layer will keep you dry, an insulation layer like fleece will keep you warm, and an outer layer will protect you from the elements
  • Footwear – wool socks and waterproof shoes with good traction will keep your feet warm and prevent you from slipping in potentially icy conditions
  • Choose your fabrics wisely – Cotton absorbs moisture, making you colder. Stick to wool or synthetic blends that wick moisture away from your body.
  • Stay visible – Wear reflective tape if you are exercising in the dark.

Sources: Huffington Post, WebMD. Lifework Strategies, Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.