The blustery winter weather causes a lack of motivation to get outside and exercise, which can lead to lower immune systems and poorer overall health.
But tons of people find it too cold in Boston right now to exercise like they might during the warmer seasons, and I can’t say that I blame them. Winter weather here is rough.
People lack motivation and are much less apt to go running or play outdoor sports in the freezing cold. It’s easy to fall into bad eating and exercise habits when it becomes much more appealing to curl up on the couch with a warm blanket and a little TV than head out the door for a work-out session.
Instead of dropping exercise altogether though - because that would be the unhealthy thing to do - here are a few helpful hints for staying in shape this season.
First, try and use the weather to your advantage. Go skiing or snowboarding on weekends if you can, or sledding after a really big storm. Snowshoeing in parks near your house or ice skating at any local rink could also be a fun winter activity.
Mix up your work-out routine. A lot of time people give up on staying in shape because the routine gets boring. I suggest going out for a run if weather permits, or taking a yoga class with friends when it doesn’t.
Join a gym. A lot of local gyms are offering deals on memberships because losing weight is a very common New Year’s resolution.
Get a work-out buddy. It’s fun to exercise with friends. Try out the different equipment at the gym or take a silly dance class together. If it doesn’t work out so well, at least you’ll get a few good laughs out of the experience.
Find the motivation. Whether it’s to lose a certain amount of weight, fit into that perfect outfit, or improve your productivity level – work toward a goal. And when you get there, keep going.
Because even with a busy schedule and cold winter weather, it’s easy to find 10 min a day to do crunches before work in the morning or stretch before bed at night. Daily exercise will strengthen your body and help you sleep better at night.
Staying active during these next few months is important for increased health, mood, and productivity levels. So use these helpful hints to try and come up with a routine that best suits your needs and incorporates exercise into your daily activities.