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5 Tips for Cold Weather Exercise

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During these cold winter months it can be hard to get moving and exercise. Those of us who are cold wimps (me!!!) abandon our outdoor exercise routines and can struggle to find a cold weather exercise routine that we can stick with. While you are waiting for spring, here are 5 tips for cold weather exercise to get you moving again.

5 Tips for Cold Weather Exercise

  1. Bundle Up: Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you have to totally abandon your outdoor exercise routines. Dress in layers appropriate for the temperature and go running anyway! While running in cold weather can initially cause a burning sensation in your lungs or throat, covering your face with a scarf or face mask can help raise the humidity in the air as you breathe and relieve that burning feeling faster. One advantage to running in the cold is that cold air is denser and has more oxygen that warm air. (You should of course be wise and not push yourself to run in the cold if you have cold trigged asthma)
  2. Join a Gym: The gyms tends to be packed the first half of January, but by February they are much less crowded and often still offering discounts. You can take your exercise routine inside with treadmills, classes, swimming, indoor tracks, and more. Just make sure that if you join a gym you actually go! Having a workout buddy can help with accountability.
  3. Go Online: The are tons of workout videos and programs online that are tailored to working out in your living room. This youtube channel has a great series of free yoga classes. All you’ll need is a good yoga mat. Another great option if you want something more personalized is a new program from Fitbit called FitStar, it gives you workouts and coaching tailored to you for $8 a month (you can access some of the workouts and features for free).
  4. Use your House: You don’t need a stair master when you have a flight of steps! Use the features of your home to get your exercise in. Run steps, walk circles, you can even put a pull-up bar in a doorway. And while you’re running those stairs you might as well carry that laundry up with you 😉
  5. Wait till Spring: This is an option and one that many choose to take. There’s nothing wrong with using the winter season to rest and work on building health in other areas of life. Just be sure to stay as active as possible, the FitBit app is a great way to track your activity. And once it warms up get back to your exercise routine.

5 tips for cold weather exercise

4 Responses to “5 Tips for Cold Weather Exercise

  • I have stairs in my house and yet always forget how much I can do at home to workout. I also forget about using the YouTube videos. There are so many great ones out there. Thank you for the reminder!

  • Saleama A. Ruvalcaba
    9 months ago

    Thanks. Me and my husband were just talking about this issue today! Thanks for the reminders and tips!

  • Abbey Phipps
    9 months ago

    Smart ideas! I tend to wimp out when it’s cold, but there are so many other options! I’ve been doing pregnancy yoga videos on YouTube, which has turned out to be really great! 🙂

  • I joined a running group to train for a half-marathon. We ran on Saturday in the pouring rain, lol. But I had my praise music on and felt so close to the Lord. I would have never run in the rain if it wasn’t for being in this group. I love all your ideas!

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