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I hate winter. But I love NYC more, so I endure the crappy winters here.
As both a Vitamin D and an endorphin addict, an inactive winter OR a winter of only working out inside sound like jail sentences to me, so I try to keep active throughout the winter and get at least some of my workouts in outside.
Hereâ€™s my tips for staying happy and healthy working out through the winter.
Use winter as an opportunity to focus on different workouts. I admire those who keep running outside 5-6 days a week, but I honestly donâ€™t have that mental fortitude. Instead, I use winter as a time to focus on my strength training so I can get strong, not soft during the winter. I feel like a caged animal doing these kinds of workouts once it gets warm, so this works out perfectly.
But tough it out when you can! I go freaking nuts if I donâ€™t get some sunshine and outdoor workouts, even if I am completely freezing. And thereâ€™s nothing that makes me feel more badass than getting through a few miles when the temperatures are below freezing, but I donâ€™t let a little thing like temperature stop me.
Be easy on yourself. Winter running is HARD, and I often feel like I have a black lung and am sucking back too much air. And honestly, sometimes the warm couch does win. When I have a crappy winter run or the couch wins, I remind myself that tomorrowâ€™s a new day. I spend most of the year training for something or chasing down PRs, so winter is a good time to be nice to myself, because the weather certainly isnâ€™t being nice to me! Some winter days, Iâ€™m happy to just get a longer walk in from the subway.
Buy cute stuff. No, really! When Iâ€™m going through any kind of workout slump, getting some cute new gear always helps, and the TargetÂ® C9 line is a great way to get some cute motivation at an awesome price.
Find workout buddies. Running can be a lonely pursuit sometimes, but especially when the weatherâ€™s bad. I wouldnâ€™t make it through those long runs without my running buddies by my side to keep me motivated!
How do you stay motivated to stay active in the cold?