November 29, 2018
By Jason Lewis
When the cold and dark days of winter set in, it’s tempting to cozy up on the couch and let fitness goals slide. If you want to stay fit and focused when you’re stuck inside, it takes a little extra motivation and creativity. As long as you have the desire to make it work, these tips will give you the how for staying motivated and having fun while you’re at it.
Eliminate Obstacles to Working Out
First of all, give yourself permission to avoid the cold and work out in your own home instead. That means you don’t have to bundle up, so you have no excuse to skip a workout. To make it even easier and keep it on the forefront of your mind, set up a designated space in your home for exercising. Keep any equipment you use, like a yoga mat and weights, handy and easy to access too.
Set a Workout Schedule
If you’re working out from home on your own time, it’s easy to get distracted by other things you need or want to do. Make fitness a priority by setting you own workout schedule, and treat it just as seriously as any other commitment. If you keep your calendar on your phone or other device, set a reminder for exercise times. For some people, it helps to actually write it down, and then you get the joy of crossing it off your to-do list!
Create a Fitness Routine (And Be Willing to Change it Up)
Just like setting a schedule keeps you committed to your goal, finding a fitness routine you like sets you up for success. Don’t look at being stuck indoors as limiting. There are countless simple moves you can piece together to create your own unique routine. These allow you to target the areas you want to work on, like this arms and abs workout from Self. For a little guidance and motivation, free workout videos on YouTube give you the benefit of a fitness instructor right in your home. Online videos can be everything from dance to yoga and pilates, so your home workouts can be anything but boring. If you do start to feel like you’re in a rut, mix it up by trying something new.
Include a (Four-Legged) Workout Partner
You aren’t the only one who still needs exercise when it’s too cold to spend much time outside. If you have a dog, make your fitness time do double duty by getting some exercise together. Get creative and set up an indoor obstacle course, and run right alongside your dog so you can get in on the fun and get your own workout. You can also play a game of hide and seek or tug with your dog’s favorite toy. Dog yoga, or doga, is a different take on partner yoga where you do poses with your dog. Including your dog in fitness time is not only good for their wellbeing, but it’s a great motivator for you too. Doing yoga and playing with your dog is a fun change from your run-of-the-mill workout, so use these as your go-to activities when your motivation is lacking.
Use a Fitness App to Stay on Track
With built-in reminders and trackers, fitness apps are great for helping you stay focused on your goals. Some apps can give you tips and workouts from professional trainers, while others provide music that keeps you moving. Fitness apps are about more than just exercise. There are apps for tracking your grocery list, tracking sleep, and even for tracking happiness.
Even when you want to keep up with your fitness goals, you may need a few extra tools for sticking with them over the winter. These ideas are there for you when you’re in need of a little extra boost to stay focused. They’re also good habits to set up now and carry on even into the warmer months.
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