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Staying Healthy and Active During Winter: Your Beginner’s Guide to a Lively Season

Updated: Apr 24

Women doing yoga in snow on mountain while looking out to more mountains

Hey there! Winter can be a challenging time to stay active and fit, can't it? With the cold weather and shorter days, curling up with a good book or TV show is tempting. But remember how important it is to keep moving and stay healthy, even when it's chilly outside. I've compiled this beginner's guide to help you stay on your game this winter. Let's dive in!

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Embrace the Great Indoors: Fun Indoor Activities

Winter can be challenging to stay motivated and active, especially when the weather is cold and dreary outside. However, plenty of fun and effective ways exist to keep active indoors. One option is to try dance workouts, which can be found online and cater to all experience levels. Many dance workouts combine cardio and strength training while keeping things engaging and fun. You can choose from different dance workouts, such as hip-hop, salsa, or Zumba.

Another option is trying yoga or pilates, which provides a more low-key workout focusing on improving flexibility, core strength, and balance. Yoga and pilates are excellent choices for people who prefer a more mindful and relaxing workout. Many online resources for yoga and pilates include guided classes and instructional videos.

Staying active during winter is essential for maintaining overall health and well-being. Whether you dance, practice yoga, or try something else entirely, plenty of options are available to keep you motivated and moving.

Quick Tip: Set up a small space in your home as your workout zone. It doesn't need to be big – just enough for a yoga mat and your enthusiasm!

Winter Nutrition: Fueling Your Body Right

As the temperature drops, our body naturally craves warm and hearty foods. These comfort foods can be a great way to satisfy our hunger during the cold weather. However, we should also ensure we get the necessary nutrients to maintain a healthy diet.

One of the best ways to get these nutrients is through soups and stews. These dishes can be made with various ingredients like vegetables and lean meats packed with vitamins and minerals, providing a balanced meal for our bodies. Not only are they delicious and filling, but they also help to keep us warm and cozy.

You can follow me on Pinterest to see the yummy recipes I enjoy!

Another critical factor to remember is staying hydrated during the winter months. It's easy to overlook the importance of drinking enough water when not hot and sweaty, but it's crucial for our health. Drinking water can help to flush out toxins, maintain healthy skin, and aid digestion. Here are some of my favorite water bottles:

When it's chilly outside, we must listen to our bodies and indulge in warm and hearty foods. Simultaneously, we should ensure that we get the nutrients and stay hydrated to maintain a healthy and balanced diet.

Quick Tip: Try making a big pot of vegetable soup on the weekend. It's easy, nutritious, and great for those busy weekdays.

Dress for Success: Winter Workout Gear

When it comes to braving the cold weather during winter, dressing appropriately is critical. Whether going for a jog or a walk, layering up is essential to keep yourself warm and comfortable. It's best to wear moisture-wicking fabric close to your skin to help draw sweat away from your body and keep you dry. Add a fleece layer to provide insulation and trap heat. Wear a windproof and waterproof outer layer to protect you from the harsh winter elements. And lastly, remember your head and hands - a hat and gloves will help keep them toasty warm.



Quick Tip: Invest in good waterproof shoes with a solid grip. They're a game-changer for outdoor activities in winter.

Staying Motivated: Keeping the Winter Blues at Bay

As the winter days get shorter and darker, it's common to experience a dip in your mood and energy levels. Setting small, achievable fitness goals to fight the winter blues can be helpful. These goals could be as simple as taking a 15-minute walk outside daily, doing a 10-minute stretching routine every morning, or completing a full-body workout twice a week. Whatever it is, make sure it's something that you can realistically stick to. My goal is to workout six out of seven days weekly this year. I'm currently using the iFit app.

Celebrating your victories is essential, no matter how small they may seem. Need help managing to complete your workout for the day? Great! Did you walk an extra five minutes today? Excellent! Every accomplishment is worth acknowledging and celebrating, no matter how small it may seem. My rewards are usually food, especially desserts!

It is tough to stay motivated when you're feeling low, so finding a workout buddy or joining an online fitness community can be a fantastic way to stay connected and stay on track. These connections can give you the support and encouragement you need to stay motivated, even on the most challenging days. And who knows, you may even make new friends along the way!

Quick Tip: Keep a journal of your fitness journey. It's incredibly motivating to look back and see how far you've come and the healthy habits you have created!

Want a FREE Self-Care Journal to get started?

Self care journal. With a habit tracker

Family Fun: Involving the Whole Family

Winter can often be challenging to stay active, but there are many fun ways to keep your family fit and active this time of year. One such way is to create indoor obstacle courses that your kids can enjoy. This can include crawling under chairs, jumping over pillows, and climbing cushions. You can also create family yoga sessions that everyone can participate in. This is a great way to stay active and promote relaxation and mindfulness in your family. My son is obsessed with forts and climbing in, on, and around them. 

If it snows, there are also plenty of outdoor activities that you can enjoy together as a family. For example, you can have a snowball fight or build a snowman. These activities can be great fun and provide a good workout. Making fitness fun for the whole family is a great way to spend quality time together and instill healthy habits in your kids. This can help to promote a love of exercise and physical activity that can last a lifetime. We will start hiking more this year with our one-year-old, and I can't wait to see if and how much he'll enjoy it. 

Quick Tip: Let each family member take turns choosing the activity. It keeps things exciting and engaging for everyone.

three small snowmen. One is very round, one is tall and skinny, and the middle is short and round.

Mental Wellness: Don't Neglect the Mind

Taking care of our physical health is undoubtedly crucial. Still, it's equally essential to pay attention to our mental well-being. During the winter, we tend to spend more time indoors, making it an excellent opportunity to start a meditation practice or indulge in a relaxing hobby like knitting or reading. These activities can significantly reduce stress and anxiety while promoting mindfulness and mental clarity.

It's important to remember that it's okay to take a break and prioritize our self-care, especially during the winter months when the days are shorter and the weather is colder. Engaging in enjoyable activities that bring us peace and joy can significantly improve our well-being. So, take some time for yourself, and remember that self-care is vital to maintaining good mental health.

Quick Tip: Try starting your day with just five minutes of meditation. It can set a positive tone for the whole day.

So, there you have it! Staying healthy and active during the winter may seem daunting, but with these tips, I hope you find it easier and more fun. Remember, the key is to find activities you enjoy and to listen to your body. Stay warm, stay motivated, and most importantly, stay healthy!

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