How to Keep Your Workout Routine on Track Once It Starts Getting Cold

How to Keep Your Workout Routine on Track Once It Starts Getting Cold

Yes, winter is approaching, so wave goodbye to beaches, balmy summer nights, endless hours of sunshine, and piña coladas (actually, hold on to those, you’ll need them mid-February). The weather outside is a bit chillier, but that doesn’t mean that it’s time to bunker-down and prep for hibernation.

During the colder months, it’s even more critical to find ways to stay active. Although your body can adjust to missing a couple days of exercise, your endurance will take a hit if you skip too many consecutive workouts.

To keep yourself on track during the cold-weather months, use Monday as a weekly opportunity to re-establish your fitness routine. We’ve compiled a list of both indoor and outdoor activities that you can do on Monday to ensure that you never fall too far behind.

Do a Monday Mile:

October and November are some of the best times of the year to be outside; take advantage of the fall foliage and crisp autumn air, and commit to doing a mile of walking, running, or a combination of the two every Monday.

Invest in a Yoga Mat

…And do some yoga! Many yoga poses engage multiple muscle groups without putting too much stress on the body or joints. No mat? No problem — there’s a bunch of yoga poses you can do from the comfort of your bed or office chair.

Rake the Leaves

This isn’t a way to trick you into doing chores, we promise. Raking leaves for a half hour can burn up to nearly 200 calories. Plus, you’ll have a nice pile for you or the kids to jump on.

Active Netflix Watching

Who says you can’t break a sweat watching Friends? Warm up with a few sets of jumping jacks, then move on to some lower body exercises like lunges and body-weight squats. If you have a yoga mat (or soft rug), alternate between sets of crunches and plank twists. For more exercise inspiration, check out these seven additional ways to get fit without a gym.