Flex On Cold Weather

Flex On Cold Weather

Embrace the Colder Weather: Staying Healthy & Active Year Round

Summer is over. The kids are going back to school, the leaves are starting to change, and once again you can’t leave the house without your jacket. With colder weather upon us it’s suddenly not as intuitive to keep up with your active, healthy lifestyle you’ve proudly kept up with since spring.

What goes through your head on that first wet, cold, rainy day of so many to come? For many, it’s something like this: “Oh well, I’ll just go for a run tomorrow.” or “Perfect time to curl up and binge a new show!”

Those thoughts are harmless of course, and there’s nothing wrong with them. However, they can lead us down a rabbit whole of increased excuses for inactivity, complacency, and ultimately bring us back to where we might have started when the whole “new year, new me” thing began. New habits form that may not be as healthy as our summer ones; not joining in on family playtime, less or shorter walks for our furry friends, skipped gym sessions, and overall less motivation to move when it’s cold and dark outside.

 male and female exerciser cardio workout with Precor treadmill and elliptical inside at home

What if instead of giving in to those initial thoughts, you change the narrative? Look at these swaps and hacks for staying active even when it’s not as beautiful outside:

  • Trail runs too soggy? Hit the gym for a treadmill session that will fit your fitness needs!
  • Too dark outside for a bike ride? Consider a home biking session.
  • Get you and your pup some swanky new rain gear to get excited about and keep up the exercise—they need it as much as you do! Keep some old towels/rags near the door to dry off them an you off with, especially on wet days.
  • Grab a workout buddy and establish times you want to hit the gym together. You don’t even have to train together—merely having someone you’re accountable to and wave at when you get there can be enough to get you in the door and moving.
  • No time left in the day to move? Here’s two things to try:
    • Get a 15-minute move-session at home. EVERYONE has 15 minutes to spare, so take a short walk, do a yoga flow, or put on a YouTube workout video.
    • Ask yourself why you don’t have the time. Is it that you don’t have time, or you don’t make time? What could you switch around in your day to give you more movement room?
  • Treat yo’self to whatever you need to make activity and exercise less of a chore and more of a happy habit. That might be to add some additional layers before to go running in the cold or it could be some new home gym equipment to make working out at home even more convenient could be hiring a personal trainer or buying a new pair of shoes or workout clothes to help kick you back into gear.

They say it takes 21 days to make a habit, and it takes even less time to break one. Don’t let fall and winter weather—you know, the thing that happens every year at the same time—be the thing that take you away from your healthy lifestyle.