We are in the middle of a major winter storm. When all is said in done we will be buried under 10-12 inches of snow. That’s on top of the 7 inches we were socked with last week. Then, there’s the bitterly cold tempeatures (we didn’t get above 20 degrees last week) and the dangerously frigid wind chills. It’s a wonder how gyms in Wisconsin sustain themselves during the winter months.
I could easily ditch my exercise routine and chock it up to Old Man Winter, but I have that darn marathon I committed to running, so I don’t have the luxury of skipping. If you are tempted to let Mother Nature’s wrath derail your fitness routine, consider the following winter weather workout tips:
Workout at Home. If you can’t stand going outside during the winter months, consider creating your own mini-home gym. There are a slew of exercises you can complete that don’t require expensive equipment. Go to the libraary and borrow books on yoga, Pilates, and aerobics. Or pop in a fitness DVD or download a workout on your MP3 player to get you going. If you have the funds you could get a treadmill, elliptical machine, or stationary bike. Having your own equipment might be the key to keeping you motivated throughout the year.
Bundle Up. If you prefer exercising outside add a layer of thermal underwear to your fitness gear. The added layer will keep you both warm and dry by wicking sweat away from your body.
Take Advantage of the Winter Weather. Winter brings with it the opportnity to go sledding, skating, skiing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. All of which helps burn calories. Get your kids involved and make exercisiing a family affair.
Finally, if you choose to exercise outdoors during the winter months make sure you don’t push yourself. Cold air can trigger exercise-induced asthma. Symptoms include wheezing, chest tightness, coughing, chest pain, and shortness of breath.