Just because the temperature has dropped doesn’t mean you have to workout indoors! While it is common to switch your workouts to be inside when it is chilly, there are other options to get you moving and stay active outside. As long as there are not dangerous weather conditions, you should try to get outside and exercise.
Why You Should Keep Exercising Outdoors in the Winter
You can save money. One reason to bundle up and work out outdoors is to save money! Typically people sign up for gym memberships around the beginning of the year (many that have sign up fees and long-term contracts that you just CANNOT get out of!) or they invest in home gym equipment. You do not need to spend a lot of money for excessive equipment in your home since it is a short-term solution. You will use it for a few weeks and when spring rolls around, you will be back outdoors for a run. Skip the workout DVDs too since you can get fit at your nearby park with similar moves!
Use your phone instead for a simple Couch to 5K program app that you can download to stay active and jog around the block. You can also track your steps with a FitBit or other wearable device.
You need the fresh air. Being outdoors is always a good thing even in cooler weather. While you shouldn’t be running the snow or hail or during the dark, the fall usually has mild weather even if it is colder. You can get your daily dose of Vitamin D as well if the sun is shining! You can bring your dogs or children too for a brisk walk around the neighborhood too.
You need the increased energy. Do you ever feel like working out inside doesn’t motivate you? I find it hard to stay focused. When I’m outside walking or running (and NOT on a treadmill!), I have more energy. The sunshine and fresh air can actually increase your energy levels and make feel more motivated. If you schedule time to head outside to exercise before work, you can enjoy the increased energy throughout the day. If it’s too cold for a morning workout, try a lunch break walk!
You can involve others. It is much easier to use exercise as a family or group event when you exercise outdoors. You can go for a jog with your dog, take a family walk in the evening, or head to a park. You can hike or do outdoor yoga if weather permits. When you workout with other people, you feel encouraged and motivated to carry on. It’s also a great way to catch up with friends while participating in a healthy activity.
Invest in a good pair of running shoes to keep you safe while you run and your favorite fitness device to track your miles and activity. Watch weather reports before your head outdoors to ensure that conditions are safe for exercise. Wear comfortable clothes including appropriate weather gear if needed. Don’t forget a hat or gloves if you think you will need it!
How can you work out in the winter? What activities do you love to do?