How to stay active when you have no motivation and the weather is cold outside?
I’m sure if you are living anywhere in the world where is winter gets chilly, you can relate to me when I tell you some days I don’t even feel like living my apartment — just scrolling through my Instagram jealously liking all those sunny seaside images from Hawaii and Australia.
(I’m pretty sure my soul belong to a somewhere more tropical country, but I have to make the most of it where I’m now)
To help you stay active even during this cold month, here are my five tips that will keep you moving even without a gym membership.
I like to get my workout done in the morning so I know it’s done for the day and I already accomplished something. I’m a huge list maker I have daily tasks to keep me on track. Staying active is one of my top priorities.
After a long night sleeps my body, not just craving my usual cup of coffee but also a morning stretch. I’m not a pro by any means, so I only can talk from my personal experiences. May not what your body needs, so make sure you were not pushing any pose that feels uncomfortable or painful.
I like to dedicate at least 30 minutes every morning to slowly wake up and stretch my body before I get on with my day.
Some of the stretches I like to do
- Overhead stretch
- Knee to chest stretch
- Hamstring stretch
- Knees to chest
- Trunk rotation
- Chest stretch
- Upper back stretch
- Seated hamstring stretch
If you new to yoga or just not sure where to start here is a great link from the NHS that will help you get started!
Walk to stay active
I have never been a huge fan of public transport in London. So I always liked to walk if I can, even from the city center to all de way to Hackney. I feel like when I’m walking, and I have a more relaxed state of mind. I have more control over when I arrive, and not to mention, this is a great time to listen to an audiobook or catch up on the latest podcast episodes.
If you have any good podcast recommendations, please share it with me in the comment below.
Did you know that walking is one of the easiest ways to get more activity into your day, lose weight and become healthier? Research shows people who fit moderate activities like walking into their daily life. Burn more energy than those who make weekly visits to the gym.
Exposing your body to colder temperatures activates multiple systems in your body, including your metabolism ramping up to generate body heat as a response,” he explains. When you layer a workout on top of that, you have twice the thermal challenge, which pushes your body’s immune system, stress response and musculoskeletal system.
It also helps to condition the thyroid, which regulates body temperature, and that breathing cold, dry air could also improve lung capacity and capability.
Try a fitness class
I love taking different classes without making any long term commitment. I can always try something new (this I find a great way to stay motivated) and meet new peoples.
Some gyms offer a free trial session, or you can use third-party apps like Classpass – FYI: they offer a 7-day free trial –
My favorite classes
- Boxfit is a cardiovascular workout with classes lasting between 45 mins to one hour. It is based on the training used for boxing so it includes skipping, boxing drills including footwork and abdominal workouts – all focusing on fitness and toning.
- Hot Yoga
- Designed to increase circulation, flexibility & strength, and improve cardiovascular health. It’s not the kind of heat that knocks you out with intensity; rather it’s a gentle, nourishing heat that penetrates the body deep beneath the skin. Great for beginners and perfect for all levels. You will definitely sweat so arrive well hydrated.
- HIIT involves short bursts of intense exercise alternated with low-intensity recovery periods. Interestingly, it is perhaps the most time-efficient way to exercise
Ditch the elevator
You most likely have access to stairs whether it’s at your home, apartment building, or work. Stair climbing is an awesome fat-burning workout that will keep your heart rate up.
Stay active during daylight hours
If anything brings motivation to a standstill faster than a cold day, it’s a cold, dark night. People tend to get lethargic when the sun goes down, putting that 7 p.m. yoga class. It’s best to stay active when the sun is still out, so you’ll be less likely to skip a workout and can remain active throughout those cold months. Another perk of exercising in the sunshine is that you’ll get an extra dose of vitamin D. This can help to boost mood and alleviate depressive symptoms, along with a host of other health benefits.
I hope you get inspired to try some of my tips. I would love to hear what your way to stay active during winter is?