As the temperatures start to drop, it can be tempting to spend your days snuggled up inside, but it’s especially important to stay active during the colder months. Regular exercise can help boost your immune system during cold season and perk up your mood on days when you might not be getting much exposure to sunlight. Getting a regular dose of physical activity can also improve your circulation, which will help you stay warmer over the winter months, and help you maintain a healthy weight during the holidays when seasonal treats seem to be a constant temptation. Here are a few of my favorite tips for staying active as the season changes!
Dress for Success
If you want to create healthy and active wintertime habits, it’s important to make sure that you have the right garments for your activity and your local climate. The number one key to proper workout attire when it’s cold out is layering! Make sure that you have several layers of moisture-wicking clothing that you take off and put back on as your body heats up and cools down. I love the Target® C9 line that Champion has created because all of the pieces are durable and affordable.
Get It On in the AM
Your workout clothes, that is! If you want to get yourself geared up for a workout, put your workout clothes on as soon as you get out of bed. Avoid early morning indecisiveness and save time by laying out what you want to wear the night before. If you’re really struggling to change out of your warm and cozy pajamas, pop your active wear in the dryer for about five minutes to warm them up so they’re absolutely irresistible! Once you’re all suited up, it will be that much easier to get your workout groove on.
Find the Heat
If you suffer from cold weather paralysis and can’t seem to get your body going once the temperatures drops, find an activity that takes place in a temptingly warm environment. On cold and dreary days, I love to hit a hot and steamy yoga class or spin session. These classrooms tend to stay on the toasty side and offer a wonderful reprieve from brisk weather. If you can’t make it out to a group class, make a space in your home that is dedicated to being active. It doesn’t have to be an entire indoor gym. A section of floor big enough for a yoga mat and a couple pairs of dumbbells offers tons of activity options and you can create your own heat with a quick, but effective warmup!
Use the Buddy System
It can be a lot more fun to be active with a friend and finding a motivated workout buddy can add an element of accountability. Pick someone who is positive that you love spending time with and figure out which activities you both enjoy. Schedule regular workout sessions during times that work for both of you and stay pumped about your plans by calling, emailing, or texting each other a day or two before to confirm!
Sneak It In
We are constantly confronted with opportunities to be more active, and capitalizing on these moments throughout the day can really add up. Lift weights or perform isometrics while you watch TV, take the stairs, amp up the intensity and/or pace of your movements as you go about your daily chores, or stop, drop and dance/yoga/train whenever you have a few free minutes during your day. You might be surprised by how much a little activity here and there can add up over the course of a day and the ways that bringing more activity into your daily routine will have incredible, positive impacts during the holiday season and throughout the entire year!
“Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9 all opinions are my own."