I don’t know about you, but I hate cold weather. It makes me a little cranky. With the cold weather tends to come gray skies and dark days which can make it really easy to skip workouts. So, what are some cold weather workout options?
Funnily enough, while I’m writing this, the temperature yesterday according to my truck was 106. Lord, have mercy it was hotter than Satan’s armpit out there.
I’ve been getting emails asking for options for workouts during cold weather because, like it or not, the cold weather will be here before we know it and planning ahead for those days is super important for keeping you on track for your fitness goals.
In the spirit of being totally transparent,
I would rather workout in the heat rather than the cold. Because, when I’m working out during the cold, I’ve got on layers and I’m hot, and sweating, but I’m also freezing. It’s a very confusing time for my body quite frankly, it’s too much for my brain to process.
Now that we have my personal thoughts and opinions out of the way regarding cold weather, let’s talk about options for working out during cold weather.
Cold Weather Workout Options #1 – Try a kickboxing class
If you struggle with winter blues like I do, then a kickboxing class is a great way to get in an awesome workout while also getting out some of that ‘blue’ feeling.
Because, let’s face it, kicking and punching the crap out of something sometimes just makes us feel better, doesn’t it?
This really can make a difference in your disposition and even help with cabin fever because we don’t get to get outside as much during the winter time.
Cold Weather Workout Options #2 – Pick up a dancing class
Now, this is one that I really want to do with my husband. We’ve been married almost ten years and, we’ve talked about it for as long as I can remember, but for some reason we just haven’t pulled the trigger to go do it.
I used to dance growing up and then took a ballroom class in college and I absolutely loved it. It was a fantastic way to get a solid workout in, plus you get to bond with your spouse.
My husband is very tall (6’6”) and he was concerned about our height difference, but he’s very agile and handles his height super well, so I myself really need to work on finding us a class to dive into.
Cold Weather Workout Options #3 – Bundle up and go for a hike
I get super bad cabin fever during the winter. Being inside all of the time really gets to me and it does my son as well.
He’s in school now three days a week and they do have outside playtime, which is great, but while he’s at school, I’m working either with clients or on the online part of the business so, I REALLY need that outdoor time!
Which is where bundling up for a hike and getting out there and just going for it is going to be important.
Always make sure that if you live in a super cold place it’s not dangerously cold outside before you go, but you’re a smart gal, you know what’s too cold and what isn’t.
We did this last year right after Christmas and even though I was absolutely freezing and kinda mad about the freezing part, I was so thankful to be outside. The clean crisp air really did wonders for my mood.
Cold Weather Workout Options #4 – Hot Yoga
If you’re like me and you’re cold all the time, hot yoga is a great way to get a solid workout in and maybe even pretend that you’re on the beach.
I’ve done hot yoga several times but haven’t taught it yet. Although I would like to get a hot yoga class going at some point…
But that’s another story.
My first time in hot yoga I was not prepared for the fact that they legit meant HOT yoga. They crank the heat up past 80 degrees and… Girl, you’re in there sweating like crazy.
This is not the time to look cute. You’re going to look like a drowned cat. I mean, it just is what it is, right? So embrace your drowned cat look.
Cold Weather Workout Options #5 – Indoor Rock Climbing
This one is super fun and also something you can do with the kiddos. There are some areas that even have rock climbing classes for kids and families.
Definitely something to check out and make sure that they have the proper safety harnesses and procedures in place!
Cold Weather Workout Options #6 – Ice/Roller Skating
This is another one that would be fun with your kids. Remember when we were kids and if you had roller blades, you were the cool kid on the block? I meeeaaaannnnnnn…..
I thought I was the bee’s knees, know what I’m sayin’.
Here’s the deal, I probably wasn’t.
I probably looked a lot worse than what I’m picturing in my head, but I had a great time and I loved to skate.
To be honest, if I picked it up again, I’d be nervous at first, but I’m sure I’d get the hang of it. Can’t you see it now? Elbow pads, knee pads, and helmet?
Let’s be honest, it’d be tragic. But probably super fun. Anyway! Let’s move on.
Cold Weather Workout Options #7 – Stick with your gym routine
Above all, stick with your gym routine. Especially if you have those specific fitness goals that you want to meet. Such as weight loss, getting stronger, etc.
There truly isn’t a replacement for working through your program that you are working on to move towards those goals.
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Even though it’s super warm outside right now,
Which I know is a big struggle for me and I know it is for other mamas too. Even with the kiddos in school or even if they aren’t, winter is a tough time because the winter just isn’t ideal and it’s easier to stay huddled up in the house.
It’s because we know that we struggle with this time,
it means that we have to think ahead to those times and prepare for them. Have a plan in place for what to do when that time comes.
Because, like it or not, winter will come and if we find ourselves in the midst of a tough time of year for us without a plan, then we’ll have a harder time getting out of that muddy creek.
Really work to find the joy in each and every day, even when it’s cold outside and you feel like you’ve watched the same kid’s show 100 times in a row.
Hang in there mama. You’ve got this!