Don’t Abandon Fitness Because It’s Cold Outside

Posted 11/23/2012 | By HealthCorps

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and the cold morning air may lure you to stay in bed a bit longer, and abandon your morning workout routine.  Remember that huge meal you consumed yesterday?  Those extra calories you ate need some exercise attention!!  Consider grabbing an exercise buddy today.  An exercise buddy can help you to stay committed to your fitness routine, despite the cold or other confounding issues.  When you don’t feel like exercising, your buddy can push you to stay committed, and it’s certainly more fun to exercise with a friend.  Or, why not try a new winter sport like ice skating, which provides a huge aerobic payoff, as well as lower body toning benefits.

If you don’t want to leave your warm and cozy home, then you can invest in some exercise DVDs, or search for an online exercise program or cable TV fitness programming, all of which can offer a solid workout in the comfort of your home.  You can also plan to do your workout during your lunchtime break or after work, since it may be easier to face the cold once you’ve left home.

Appropriate outdoor exercise wear can also help to inspire your exercise habit.  Use layering, and invest in exercise clothes with built in wicking and thermal technology.  Wool socks can also keep feet warm during an outdoor run.

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