As we layer up for fall, it is tempting to take easy on our fitness routines and goals. After all, those pesky little love handles that would have given us grief during summer time are no longer visible under those cozy loose sweaters and coats! Although, during the chilly weather, I won't blame anyone for not wanting to go for a 5 AM run! That's why I like to reshuffle and refresh my fitness routine to keep me on track. During Summer, I had shared my outdoor routine refresh and today I am sharing some of my tips for changing your fitness routine for colder weather.
With the arrival of cooler weather my outdoor play time with my daughter gets cut in half, so I try to incorporate the elliptical/treadmill for cardio and continue the core and strength exercises in my wonderful community gym. (Tip: Local community recreation centers are a much cheaper alternative to expensive gym memberships - my community rec center has some amazing group classes for the fraction of the cost of big name gym chains!)
I love the indoor group classes (specially pilates and body sculpting) and my adidas gear keeps me comfortable and dry while I sweat by the bucket loads during my spin class!!The super stylish fit and colors keep me motivated and inspired to workout.
If you have been a long time reader of this blog, you might be aware of this post about how 6 years ago, I shed my pregnancy weight the healthy way. Since then I have made fitness and regular exercise a part of my life and have maintained a healthy weight and body. Changing the fitness routines with changing seasons is a great way to keep your routine fun and fresh.
If you too are looking to refresh your fitness routine for colder weather, here my top three tips. Please note that I am not a fitness expert and these tips are from my personal experience
1. Join a spin class - With cold weather, outdoor jogs and run become less appealing, but we still need cardio exercise at least 3 times a week for 30-45 minutes. I find a group spin class a perfect way to achieve my weekly cardio goals. The energy and music (and peer pressure to not give in when the going gets tough!) make it a fun work out.
2. Recruit a friend - We all know that going solo sometimes make us prone to skip work out. If you have a friend, neighbor or a co-worker who wants to team up with you for exercise, go for it. You will be less likely to skip the gym/group class and the workout will be much more fun!
3. Get the work out done in the morning - It is tempting to procrastinate the sweat and sore muscles once you jump into your daily schedule. Get the workout out of your way early, ( I keep my running shoes next to my bed and wear them before I brush my teeth!) so you won't get any chance to push it for later. We all know how it goes when we decide to 'squeeze in' a quick workout at lunch hour!
Make your workout your habit, a part of your everyday routine and just have fun! Join the conversation on twitter/instagram with hashtag #NeverHibernate to share your tips and tricks to stay active during cooler weather!
*Disclosure: For this post, compensation was provided by adidas via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are 100% mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of adidas