Tips for Staying Active During the Winter Months

It can be easy to want to cozy up on your couch and hibernate during the winter!

The cold weather limits us from getting outside and it’s a legitimate reason to keep us inside, warm and sedentary. You just don’t want to get in the habit of it and become a couch potato. During the winter months, it’s important to do things to stay active.

Here are my top tips for staying active during the winter months:

1. Find a workout buddy! Even gym sharks may need a workout buddy during the winter. With the lack of Vitamin D from the sunshine, and gloomy days, it is hard to find the motivation to get to the gym sometimes. Having a workout buddy keeps both of you accountable.

2. The best workout is the one that works for you. What your neighbor or friend is doing may not be right for you. We are all in different seasons of life, different careers and family dynamics. As my season of motherhood changes, so do my workouts. My favorite workouts are barre and yoga. However, I’m currently signed up at the gym so I can put my kid(s) in the child care they have. If you are self-motivated, YouTube has a variety of free workouts fit for anyone’s needs. It’s important to figure out what works best for your lifestyle.

3. Mark your calendar. It can be hard to just “wing it”. Fill out your calendar for the month and mark down when you are going to work out. This can be super helpful in any area of your life that you want to fir into your busy schedule. If you want to have a lunch date with friends, mark it down! Sometimes we are busier in our heads than we actually are. Following a schedule can help keep you on track and is very helpful.

4. Join in on your kid’s fun. Our kids love to ice skate and even roller skate! This is not something we usually do in the summertime, so it’s perfect for the winter. Kids think it’s so fun when you partake in their fun too! If you are physically able, lace up some skates and get out there with your kiddos! It’s a blast! We also like to try outdoor ice skating. Fresh air and hot cocoa all while getting some movement in – it’s a great activity for the winter.

Kids Ice Skating Outdoors

5. Mall walking (or Target)! I hope I am not the only mom that walks into Target and gets the same feelings of Christmas morning! There is something about shopping (and Target) that is a big stress reliever! Let yourself take an extra lap around the store while you stock up on household items. If you want to prevent yourself from getting too distracted, maybe even leave your wallet behind and let yourself window shop! Outdoor malls can be great too, even though it’s chilly outside – it’s nice to get some fresh air while getting some steps in.

6. Have a dance party! Winter or not, you will find me doing at least one dance party a day with my kids. Thank goodness for Alexa! I think I may have been a professional dancer and singer in another lifetime, because I love to dance. This is a great way to stay active and keep your kids active, too. I also like to get my boys moving, so hopefully when the school dances come they will be confident enough to bust out some moves!

7. Even the little things count! We recently stayed in a hotel for the snow days our kids had. This was an awesome idea, so the kids could swim and get their wiggles out! When we’d go to our room, we also opted for taking the stairs instead of the elevator. This is something small, but it makes a big impact. Out at the store? Park a little bit further away to get some extra steps in. Take 5 minutes to do a quick workout in the morning or before bed. Get out any chance you can get! If it’s a ‘nice’ day in the winter (above freezing), take the opportunity to get outside, even if it’s only for 10-20 minutes. Fresh air is a game changer!

 

Lauren Egger
Posted by: Lauren Egger
Lauren Egger is a busy mom of 5, RN, and founder of the Healthy Mom Project, started to create awareness and offer solutions to help parents make healthy decisions for their families. After being diagnosed with Celiac disease 14 years ago, it has been her mission to empower others to take charge of their own health and navigate past the hype to truth based on science.

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