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When the temperatures drop, it’s hard to find the motivation to get moving. Staying curled up in front of a cozy fire or snuggling up under a fuzzy blanket can be so tempting. However, when spring rolls around and you want to stop hiding under oversized sweaters, you will wish you’d downed a few less cups of hot chocolate and had laced up those workout shoes a few more times. Instead of wishing, here are some ways to make it easier to keep moving during these chilly winter months.
Try something new: There are plenty of new, fun workouts to try right here on Skinny Mom’s website. There are also so many options available through YouTube, you can do a different workout (for free!) every day of winter without getting bored. The Fitness Blender and BeFit channels have a lot of workouts of varying lengths and let you choose between cardio workouts or more targeted workouts, whether you want to focus on legs, abs, upper body, full body strengthening or stretching.
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Warm up inside before you head outside: Sometimes the thought of one more workout video or another treadmill run is enough to make you want to bag it completely. Instead of sitting on the couch eating calories, do a little indoor warm-up and then head outside to burn calories. Go for a run, get in some miles on your bike or take a brisk walk. It only takes a few minutes to get your body warmed up to the point where it isn’t a shock to your system to walk out into freezing temperatures. It might even feel good when that cold air hits you. An effective warm-up can be a little as a minute of jumping jacks, 25 squats and some walking lunges around your living room.
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Get to know your gym: Pay for a one time personal training session and have the trainer teach you how to use any of the machines that seem intimidating. If you are a regular gym-goer, try something new. If you normally spend 30 minutes on the treadmill, give the stair climber or rowing machine a try, even if it’s just for 10 or 15 minutes. Try a spin class or even Zumba. Mixing things up will make it easier to go because you won’t dread the boredom of always doing the same thing.
Call in the recruits: Invite friends to join you! Having someone else to be accountable to will push you to get your workout done, whether it’s a run outside, a class at the gym or a new workout video.
Go shopping: New workout gear is always a motivator because you have to put it to the test, and of course you should see how it stands up to a variety of fitness activities! The best part is that you don’t have to spend a fortune with all the great options available in every price range.
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All of these options can motivate your spring body goals. Just choose what is best for you because spring will be here before you know it!