1. Be sure to warm up indoors before an outdoor workout to get blood flowing to your muscles. Cold and stiff muscles are more prone to injury. Consider jumping jacks, a jog on the treadmill or cycling.
2. Try a new workout. Something new and different tends to create excitement and hold your interest longer than the same old workout you’ve been doing for months on end.
3. Set a goal, like running a marathon, entering a fitness competition or taking a vacation. With a goal or event to work toward you’ll be less likely to slack off.
4. Find a workout partner or trainer. Having a partner is great for accountability and even a little friendly competition.
5. Buy new training gear. New clothes and/or sneakers can often be a great incentive to exercise because you’ll want to put your new gear to use. Plus, you can’t wear the same tank tops and shorts you wore during your summer workouts, so make sure to layer up.
6. Make it a point to get outside and get some sun. The sunshine and daylight will provide a boost in energy, and the vitamin D from the sun will help regulate the immune system. Just make sure to put on sunscreen!
7. Keep a food journal as you partake in all of the traditional holiday foods and desserts. Seeing the calories add up on paper may be just the motivation you need to de-ice the car and get to the gym.
8. Hire a personal trainer during the cold months. The investment alone may keep you motivated to get to the gym. And it’s a trainer’s job to help push you safely through a workout even when you might not feel up to it.
9. Download an app for indoor workouts. There are so many free workouts online, and trying something new in the comfort of your own home might be a great way to discover a new fitness passion.
10. Finally, if you have a dog, make a commitment to walk or run with him/her during the cold months. While the cold weather might not be your ideal, it’s wonderful for them. The pavement is cooler on their paws, and they generally love the feel of the brisk, cool air.