Winter-Proof Your Workout

Winter-Proof Your Workout

So, I’ve been on this new workout routine – BUT it’s SO COLD! Here in Starkville we got snow on Monday, not exactly making the best walking weather. Thankfully, I’ve gotten a big enough motivation going for myself to fight winter workout blues for the most part – I’ve bought a $9 workout DVD to use indoors, go for short walks all bundled up, and can head to the Sanderson center on campus or walk the halls of the buildings here (for free) to get a walk in. My mom recently sent me an article from the Spry Newsletter online with 5 tips for weather proofing your workout. Hope they help you as much as they did me. The tips are below:

1. Just get out there. Channel your inner child: Most kids can’t wait to feel the flakes on their faces. Why not you? What are you afraid of-a little cold? Think of how good the warm bath will feel afterward. Last weekend, as I caught myself obsessing over the temperature, I remembered the first big snowfall I experienced after I’d moved to Pennsylvania years ago. We were dismissed from work early due to the weather, but instead of driving home, I went to a sporting goods store, bought a pair of cross-country skis, and headed to a nearby park. Inspired by that vision of my younger self, Johnny and I suited up and took off for an hour-long romp.
2. Gear up. The right layers (or raingear, depending on the season) can really make a difference in your outdoor experience during inclement weather. We have all kinds of pieces from a ski trip a couple of years ago as well as my time in the snowy winters of Western Pa. that we share and swap. It takes a bit of experimenting to figure out exactly which pieces work best for which temperatures: Be patient and err on the side of overdoing it (you can always strip down if you need to).Tips on layering for walkers and runners

3. Play hard. Let yourself go when you get out there: run back up the sledding hill instead of trudging; chase down your snowball fight opponents; try a power walk in the powder (instead of on the slippery sidewalk). And give yourself credit: running or walking in the snow burns more calories than they do on terra firma, because the snow adds resistance and challenges your balance.

4. Work out indoors. Normally, I’m not a huge fan of working out at home-it’s hard for me to turn off all the things competing for my attention (the dirty dishes in the sink, the floors that need sweeping, the comfy couch calling to me from the den). But sometimes, you have no choice. There are a ton of options for at-home workouts-from jumping rope (which I do sometimes) to yoga, to strength workouts, all requiring minimal equipment. Whip out a DVD from your stash (if you have one). Or better yet-sample our new Smart Moves video workouts on They feature our new fitness coach, Petra Kolber, who can inspire even the biggest snowbound slacker to get up and move. Better yet, they’re available to anyone with an Internet connection, any time. We’ve just posted the second in our series of six. Try our free online workouts

5. Keep your perspective. The snow will melt. The rain will stop. You will be able to slide back into your old routine. Little blips like these are actually good for us and for our bodies-they give us an opportunity to discover new interests and new ways of getting active. They force us to exercise different muscles (or the same muscles differently) than we normally do. And they exercise our creativity, flexibility and sense of fun-all part of what it means to be spry!

(from Spry Magazine)