Weathering Winter Workout Doldrums

January 10, 2013

It's 6:30 a.m. and very cold out. My train leaves at 8 and getting out of bed for a pre-dawn workout sounds way less enticing than hitting the snooze button and rolling over for another hour of sack time. It's been just over a week since I set my lofty fitness and weight loss goals for the New Year and things are already starting to unravel. We all know the drill. Days are short. Work is super busy with the start of a new year. Then there's that winter weather factor, that makes us mammals feel like hibernating, not braving the elements. Plus, I'm really not a gym guy. So joining a local club to slog away on the treadmill or throw around weights is at best a once-in-a-while solution for me. 

But I'm committed. And, at 40, this isn't the first time I've had to navigate the pitfalls of the mid-winter exercise doldrums. The solution, in part, requires some creativity, the willingness to try something new and different, and, of course, a little help from your friends. What follows are links to a plethora of plans and activities that the Fitbie team has come up with to help keep you (and me) moving this winter. Bundle up, take heart, and enjoy.

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- Get outside! From ice skating to snow shoeing to cross country skiing. These Hard Body Winter Sports will stoke your metabolism, get fresh air in your lungs and make you forget the frigid winter temps.

- I'm a cyclist, so winter is an especially frustrating time of year. Yes, you can ride in the cold. But it can be brutal. Try these Off-Season Exercises for Cyclists and you'll be in mid-season shape when things thaw out this spring.

- Half the battle is having the right clothes. Layer like you mean it and pick the right clothes to help you Gear Up For Winter.

- Argggh. The gym. It's a necessary evil and it doesn't have to be monotonous. Try these 25 Ways to Winterize Your Workout or 10 Workouts to Carry You to Spring and our 4 Treadmill Workouts to jumpstart your winter fitness and weight loss. You should also check out these tips for working out in a crowded gym.

- Stay motivated! It's tough to keep on track, here are 40 Tips From Fitbie Readers and Experts to help keep you moving.