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Paige Waehner

Plan Ahead for Cold Weather...Or Just Run Away to Hawaii

By November 7, 2013

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It's getting cold, y'all and I have just one thing to say: Let the complaining commence.

I'm a big cold weather weenie and a complainer, a mix that makes me a real joy to be around this time of year. One reason I don't like cold weather is because it makes exercise harder. In fact, the big question many of us have right around now is: How am I going to stay fit when the weather gets cold?

The key to staying fit in the winter is to live somewhere warm. That means one of two things: Moving or creating your own personal exercise-friendly environment with what you have available.

If you can manage the first option, Aloha! If you fall into the second category, you have a little work ahead of you.

Creating an exercise-friendly winter means planning ahead and dealing with the biggest winter exercise obstacles or, what I call The Big Three:

What do you think? Are you already planning ahead for winter or do you prefer the head-in-sand approach? How do you keep exercising when it gets cold? Leave a comment and tell us about your winter exercise plans.

November 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm
(1) Tammy says:

I live in Lexington, KY and the winters are horrible. I don’t belong to a gym, but about a month ago, I began walking outside.

Now that it’s cold and wet, I’ve started to use ALL of the exercise dvd’s that I’ve purchased over the years :-) Yes, I’m admitting it lol

At work, I use the second half of my lunch hour to walk up and down the hallways, then take the stairs up and down, over and over again.

So, I am not threatened by the snow.

November 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm
(2) Linda says:

I live in Arkansas and the winters are mostly mild here but I commute so it is dark both coming and going to work so I keep gym shoes at work and walk/jog the stairs 10 flights twice a day and add some standing wall push offs between the flights. I try to engage the abs while jogging the stairs that way I get a full body workout in less than 15 minutes twice a day. I also use the workout equipment I have accumulated over the years at home while I watch my favorite tv shows. When the weather is nice on the weekends I try to get outside and walk.

November 11, 2013 at 11:01 pm
(3) Sharon says:

I live in Edmonton, AB (Canada), and I used to hate working out in the winter until I found some fun winter activities to do. Cross country skiing is a fantastic workout and gets you out in nature so you can really breathe deep. I actually ONLY run in the winter, you never get too hot, it’s beautiful, and you can’t beat cool looking icy eyelashes. Skating and snowshoeing are also great workouts. I have done a winter triathlon (skate, ski, run) the last 3 years, and it’s a blast.
Basically, if you can get yourself outside during fall transition, it’s way easier to be active in winter, but having FUN makes winter workouts so awesome!

November 12, 2013 at 6:58 pm
(4) Steve says:

I live in Houston, Texas, and the winters here are p-e-r-r-r-fect! As a native New Yorker and a transplanted Chicagoan, I thought I moved to heaven when I first came to Houston over 25 years ago. I moved here in the month of January and was very happy with my exercise regimen, until I experienced the pure hell of the summer months here! Yikes! I HATE exercising outdoors in the summer here in Houston! So, you see, I catch the ‘weather weenie-itis’ anyway. Having lived in both extremes, however, I’ve come to learn that I prefer cold weather running over hot weather anything–ANY DAY–even if I still lived in Chicago! Hot weather breaks my will to exercise, whereas cold weather is an exhilarating challenge. Does that make me a reverse weather weenie?

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