Being a New York native, I know how tough it can be to find the energy to get up and work out when it’s freezing outside. Staying in your bed and fighting to stay warm can feel like a workout in itself.
If you’re one of those people who put on weight during the winter season because the blistering cold has you tied to your bed, then here are five ways to revamp your workout routine for the colder months:
1. Exercise at Home. There are tons of online workouts that can be done right from the comfort of your home. Pick up some resistance bands and some dumbbells and get started. Just an hour a day is all you need to feel good.
2. Adjust Your Running Routine. If you like to run outside, then try running later in the afternoon when it’s the warmest part of the day. That extra bit of sunlight should help you push through the outdoor cardio session.
3. Increase Motivation. When the winter months arrive, people are no longer fixated on bikinis and the beach. Trick your mind by hanging bikinis and shorts in a visible spot. This will help you stay motivated and remember that you have to keep working out in order to look your best.
4. Engage in Calisthenics. Calisthenics are body-weight exercises that are done to increase strength and flexibility. They are a great way to stay in shape, and you can do them in the comfort of your home. Set up a routine of push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups, just to name a few exercises. Do them in your downtime, when you wake up, or even before you go to bed.
5. Exercise With a Friend. This also applies to working out when it’s hot outside, but in the cold weather, it’s even more vital to have a buddy to hold you accountable for your fitness. Push each other through the cold months and staying in shape will be that much easier.
Jarrel Cudjoe is a professional fitness trainer in the Greater Los Angeles area. He specializes in weight training, body sculpting, and nutrition, ensuring his clients get a 360 experience. Please visit www.CudjoeFitness.com to see more tips from Jarrel.