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.