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How To Survive Winter When You Want To Get in Shape

In the winter it is a challenge for humanity to get in shape. The colder months make it too unpleasant for a lot of people to spend a lot of time outside, and this can make it very difficult to throw time into getting fit and being active. Of course, you could simply go to the gym, though this is an action which few people want to have to take. Instead, if you want to keep your fitness routine to the great outdoors, you’re going to need to put some time and effort into making it more comfortable for yourself. There are plenty of ways to achieve this goal, but you will still have to work hard towards it.

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Warming Up

To begin, once you get moving and have a good heart rate going, your body will naturally warm itself up. This heat comes as a result of your muscles being inefficient, but what can make summer very uncomfortable can be perfect during winter. It’s well worth doing some warm ups before you set off on your exercises. Doing a short routine including stretches, some jumping, and a little bit of weight training will stoke the fire in your heart and warm up your whole body. Of course, this won’t make you impervious to the cold, but it can have a huge impact on your ability to keep warm.

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The Forecast

Another thing that makes it hard to get in shape in the winter is weather. Certain weather, like freezing rain or hail, simply can’t be avoided when you’re out exercising. Getting caught in something like this can make you very uncomfortable, and a lot of people find themselves struggling to do their workouts when they find themselves in this position. You can take a look at the forecast long before you need to go out, planning your routine around the clear spells which will come now and then. While this won’t give you the chance to exercise sometimes, it’s well worth taking this action if you keep finding yourself caught in unpleasant weather.

 

Your Gear

Finally, as the last part of this, it’s time to think about the gear you take with you when you’re working out. Most people have a wide range of summer exercise gear, though this sort of thing can be very uncomfortable when the weather turns. Instead, you need to get your hands on some thermals, a light jacket or two, and footwear which won’t leave your toes to the mercy of the wind. It’s well worth spending some time on this, as counterfeit outdoor apparel has been taking over the web in recent years. Fake products will never be as warm as their real counterparts, and this makes it worth putting time into getting the right ones.


 

Final thoughts

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take on the challenge of surviving winter when you’re trying to get in shape. A lot of people struggle with this sort of work, finding it hard to know what they need to do when they are trying to improve their body with the weather against them.

 

 

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Jennifer is the Owner of TWL Working Moms and Co-Owner of Influential Mamas.  Along with blogging + freelance writing, she is a mom, army wife and full-time teacher. Jennifer lives in Washington State and is a born + raised New Yorker. In her spare time, she loves traveling, yoga, the beach, writing, listening to books and drinking coffee.

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