Winter Workouts

Do you loss motivation in the winter? Staying active during winter months can be a challenge.  I don’t live in 70 degree year round temperate, the cold 40 degree or colder weather makes me want to stay inside cozy on the couch in front of the fireplace.  There are those people I call “beasts” who go out and get it done in any weather, I am not one of those people.

My weekend running has been hampered by an abundance of cold weather and continuous raining for days at a time compounded with heavy winds.  That is the perfect recipe to stay inside and use my elliptical but still long to run outside, but there is no way I’m running in rain!

Just getting out for a walk and some fresh air is all we need.  Bundling us up and heading out to stretch my legs and enjoy the day with my little one is great way to get my steps in.  I try to get 10,000 steps in everyday, which could be difficult during the winter months.  Staying active is the key no matter what you do.  I have been known to run around the house to reach my daily goal.

Take advantage of the good weather days.  I have become accustomed to fitting in workouts whenever I can.  While my little one is running around playing I take the opportunity to do a quick workout.  Nothing crazy, still got to keep an eye on my kiddo.  My go exercises are squats, lunges, high knees, and jumping jacks.  No equipment needed for any of these exercises.  If there are steps of some kind on the play structure I’ll do step-ups or box jumps.  If there is a bar on the structure I can do pull-ups.

At first I was a little shy about working out at the park/playground, I didn’t want people looking at me.  I got over that fear because my desire to feel good depended on working out.  I made the decision I need to take the opportunities when they comes.  And honestly I have not seen anyone starring or looking at me funny.  If others wanted to join me that would be great!

Keep moving!