Last updated on November 8th, 2023 at 10:16 AM
Staying motivated and keeping fit during the cold and dark winter months can be a challenge, but with a bit of creativity and determination, you can make it enjoyable and effective.
I spoke with Ali Malik, Personal Trainer & Founder of Fit Labs Kensington who was on hand to offer some unique, out-of-the-box tips for staying motivated and fit during the winter.
- Indoor Trampoline Workouts: Invest in a mini-trampoline (rebounder) and use it for high-energy workouts. Bouncing on a trampoline is not only fun but also a great cardio exercise that’s easy on the joints.
- Embrace Cold Exposure: Use the cold weather as a motivation to engage in cold exposure activities like cold showers, ice baths, or outdoor winter swimming. It can boost your mood, increase energy, and improve your immune system.
- Create a Winter Scavenger Hunt: Make outdoor workouts fun by creating a winter scavenger hunt. Challenge yourself to find and photograph certain objects in your area while jogging or walking.
- Night-time Glow Yoga: Host a glow-in-the-dark yoga or fitness session with blacklight and fluorescent clothing. It’s a unique and motivating way to enjoy indoor workouts with a twist.
- Dance Parties: Host or attend indoor dance parties or dance-based fitness classes. Dancing is a great way to stay active and warm during the winter while having a blast.
- Virtual Reality (VR) Workouts: Explore the world of virtual reality fitness games. These can transport you to immersive and exciting environments, making workouts feel like an adventure.
- Fireplace Meditation: Combine fitness and relaxation by doing yoga or meditation in front of a warm, crackling fireplace. It’s a cozy way to stay fit and motivated during the winter.
- Incentive-Based Workouts: Gamify your workouts by setting up a reward system. For every workout you complete, treat yourself to a small, healthy indulgence or purchase a winter-related item you’ve had your eye on.
- Celebrate Seasonal Holidays: Participate in holiday-themed fitness events like “12 Days of Christmas” workouts, Hanukkah-themed fitness challenges, or New Year’s resolution fitness parties.
- Community Challenges: Join or organise community fitness challenges, like a neighborhood snowman-building competition or a snowball fight tournament to keep you active and engaged with others.
Remember to stay safe and dress appropriately for the winter weather, especially when engaging in outdoor activities. With these creative ideas, you can turn the winter season into a time of fun and motivation for your fitness goals.