Do you find it hard to exercise in the winter? (Exercise being defined as “planned sustained movement with the purpose of improving or maintaining your health”) With the shorter days and colder, often snowy or icy conditions it can be a real challenge to maintain a consistent exercise program through the winter months. Here are some suggestions to help you over the hump until spring arrives:
- Join a fitness center. Often fitness centers will have monthly rates that allow you to pay for just the months when you will be using it.
- Walk in the mall. Most malls will open an hour or two earlier specifically for walkers. Check with your local mall to find out their hours.
- Get a fitness partner. Partner with someone who will hold you accountable for completing your goals each week. If possible exercise together a few times each week.
- Buy a piece of home exercise equipment. Check Craig’s list for good used equipment. Put your piece of equipment in prominent place in your home (in front of your TV, in front of a large window, etc.) Winter will come around again next year, so your investment won’t be wasted if you no longer use your equipment in the warmer months.
- Find a local park that grooms their walking trails during the winter.
- Join a fitness class. Most classes will let you try the first class free. Be adventurous and try something new!