Winter Workout: Easy Ways to Stay Fit During the Holidays

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Yes, the weather outside is frightful—so you’re looking for all types of excuses not to go out in the cold. You start to hibernate and before you know it, it’s already spring! But don’t panic. Keep some of these useful tips in mind to burn off those winter-blues.

Warm up

Start by warming up, which is essential if you want to prevent an injury. Whether you’re working indoors or outdoors, cold temperatures makes the muscles tighten. Start slow, don’t overdo it, and don’t forget to stretch!

Running

Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you can’t leave your house. Get your iPod ready and relieve some of that post-shopping, post-family time stress from the holidays with a brisk jog around your neighborhood or a local park. Be sure to dress warmly, wear comfy shoes, and have plenty of liquids at hand as sweating during winter can cause you to become especially dehydrated. If you don’t want to run outside, treadmills are also a perfect alternative.

Work out indoors

If the thought of an outdoor workout is too much to bear, why not buy a couple of fitness DVDs and dumbbells to get fit in your own living room? Pilates and yoga are a great way to strengthen your core and keep in shape. If you don’t want to waste money on equipment, use household items like laundry detergent or two-liter water bottles. You’ll be amazed at how everyday household items can easily transform into useful exercise tools.

Dance till you drop

Blast your favorite tunes, don’t forget to stretch, and prepare to get your crunk on while burning some serious calories. Hint: The more people, the merrier it’ll be.

Go shopping

Attention, shopaholics! If you don’t feel motivated enough for a full workout, go out and have fun shopping. Walking around the mall and trying on pretty clothes won’t only boost your energy; it will also burn 135 calories per hour. Now, that’s a great deal.

It’s important to stay active during the winter. Don’t let the cold weather get in the way of your workout routine. With these simple tips, working out amidst frightfully cold weather has never been so easy.