Friday Five: 5 Ways To Stay Fit This Winter

It’s Friday, so I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0.The theme this week is “Winter Fitness.” It’s been VERY cold here in Chicago so I am sharing “5 Ways to Stay Fit This Winter.”

If you live in a cold weather place it’s easy to hibernate instead of getting outside (or just out) to get a workout done. Between hibernation and the holidays, your waistline could be in danger. Don’t despair: Take these tips on how to winterize your workout, have fun and stay fit over the winter months.

1. Get Cute Gear – In winter it can be easy to put on the biggest, comfiest clothes you can find. Get some cute, flattering fitness gear that you feel good in. You’ll be more apt to wear it and get some exercise! Then go to the gym, take off your big, puffy coat and show off. Need something new? There are tons of sales in January. Plus, you can check out great discounts and deals on my (updated) Found Links page.

2. Layer Up and Run Outside – It’s all about the right gear again. Wear layers to keep warm and go get some fresh air and Vitamin D by running outside. All natural merino wool base layers and socks are great for warmth and sweat wicking – plus they don’t smell when you heat up! I love my CEP Compression Merino Run Socks to wear under the my pants or tights and Icebreaker or Smart Wool pieces on top. Take off the base layers quickly when you come inside so you don’t get cold and clammy! Also, if the footing is tough, be careful and ratchet back the pace or wear trail shoes/Yak Trax if you need to.

winter buddies

#FBF – BRC running club friends running Erin‘s last hurrah before she moved to warm and sunny CA! (Another way to winterize – move to warm climate!)

3. Find a Buddy (or a Bunch of Buddies) – It is much easier to get outside when you know someone is waiting for you. Plus, you can set a group goal to run a spring race or take a warm weather trip for a race in winter for extra motivation and excitement. There are also some great free challenges on Strava if that motivates you. Need to meet new runners? Check out local running stores or running groups for winter meet up times.

4. Try a New Winter Sport – Have you wanted to try snowshoes or cross country skis? Search for places that rent them in your area. Some stores, like REI, and public parks rent snowshoes at a reasonable rate. Check your local parks department for events and activities.

Sweatworking Week with my ASL Ambassador friends!

5. Find a Fave Indoor Workout or a New Group Fitness Class – Do some online research to find a few easy workouts you can do at home (or at your gym) with body weight and household items. You can even do these when watching TV. No excuses! Hint: There are tons of great workouts posted on Pinterest for free. Most gyms offer introductory rates or first class deals. Try a bunch of new things. Or look for a group purchasing deal like Groupon or Gilt City for gyms you want to try.

My friends from A Sweat Life just launched a new app called Sweatworking. You can work out with awesome trainers wherever you are. There are already 100+ motivating and challenging workouts and they’re adding more and hosting challenges. Great for winter!

PS. (a/k/a – Tip #6) From Finds’ fave nutritionist Lauren: “Don’t forget to hydrate. Research says you feel 40 percent less thirsty in the cold than when you’re warm, but remember to keep sipping when you’re working out! Even if you don’t see or feel it, you are still sweating and losing water when exercising out in the cold, so it’s important to remain hydrated throughout the day.” [There is still time to enter to win a one hour Skype consultation with Lauren ($245 value) – enter here.]

How do you winterize your workout?

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  1. Farrah says:

    Yay for any excuse to get cute gear! 😛 I’m definitely of the I-want-to-hibernate variety in the winter. ._. I’m going to have to check out Sweatworking!

  2. It doesn’t get super cold here, but somehow it’s affecting me more this year. I think because of the injury, my joint just HURTS! No shame in indoor workouts- I have been hitting the weights hard lately and know it’ll pay off in the Spring. Tank top arms, right?

  3. Erin R. says:

    It is a ludicrous 57 degrees here (Salt Lake City) right now. We’ve gotten completely screwed on winter this year, which is too bad because winter is my favorite. BUT! It still gets cold after the sun goes down, so I wear ski/snow pants for our after dinner walks. It’s not cute, but it isn’t so daunting to go out in the cold when I’m all bundled up. Also, mittens are way better than gloves. Yay for keeping up with the exercising all winter!

  4. Sadie B. says:

    I am with the layer up and run outside. Sometimes a cold slow run is just what I need.

  5. Nikki Fahey says:

    I’m in Minnesota and have done a lot outside but now I do more inside. I do like to snowshoe!

  6. Natalie says:

    I love to go cross county skiing in the winter! It is great exercise!

  7. Vickie L Couturier says:

    im not so worried about freezing as i am falling on slick and icy roads

  8. Wendy says:

    It’s been a real test of my running desire this winter–it often takes me longer to layer up than to actually run! LOL

  9. Even though I am a group fitness Instructor, I find myself going to more classes(that I don’t teach) than I normally would in the winter months. It’s fun to take different classes.

  10. Megan says:

    The reminder to hydrate is so important! I never feel like drinking water in the winter! I like to layer up and run outside! The crisp air is so refreshing.

  11. Deb E says:

    It’s not too cold here in SoCal but growing up running in Ohio, I remember how good it felt to wear a face mask in the snow or pelting rain. Now they have those nice neoprene ones but my homemade ones weren’t too bad. I love checking out the new fabrics in workout wear they continue to develop, to make the elements more tolerable.

  12. Nicole says:

    Drinking lots of water and prepare

  13. ellen beck says:

    YakTrax are a girls best friend on ice. Winters are brutal here too.I resort to DVDs although if possible I go outside. Right now I have he flu no one wants to be around me!

  14. Renée says:

    definitely find an alternative workout! and a buddy is great too! my friend who is also a running trainer (he helps me a lot with training plans and running technique sessions) and I have been going to spin class the last several months and we are loving it. my husband trains the whole year through so if he has a long run I also layer up and ride the bike with him. It’s not so severe here, so not getting outside would be kind of lame… (for me!)

  15. april says:

    I love the idea of finding a workout class. I haven’t done one of those in years but they were always fun!

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