Winter Workout Routines to Get You Through The Cold

January 21, 2015

Winter is here, meaning the temperature and your desire to work out is dropping fast!

Winter is probably the most difficult time of year to get in shape. The season starts with a heavy Thanksgiving dinner, followed by a month of stuffing yourself with holiday cookies and candies. Then you have a MASSIVE Christmas feast, an epic New Year’s Eve, and a hung-over New Year’s Day.

Finally the holidays end, and you have to get back to work. With motivation low, it’s hard to hit the gym like a champ come the New Year.

But you can’t allow all of your hard work of last year to go to waste! Make it a point to hit the workouts hard during the winter, and your body will look stunning when bikini/beach season rolls around.

Your Awesome Outdoor Winter Workout

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If you want to get in a solid winter workout, it’s important that you plan the routine. It’s much harder to work out or train when the weather is chilly, and it will take more smart planning on your part.

When working out in the great outdoors, remember:

  • Bundle up 

    You need to protect your chest, throat, and face from the cold. Wear a scarf and sweater as you run, and consider draping the scarf across your nose. It will help to avoid catching a cold.
  • Warm up first 

    They say not to push cold muscles, and the same is true of your winter workout. Spend at least 10 minutes warming up before you push yourself hard. It’s the best way to avoid injuries!
  • Run/workout under cover 

    Open roads are very windy, and paths alongside bodies of water will make you feel the wind chill a lot more. Try to run where there are buildings to shelter you from wind and snow
  • Cut your workout in half 

    If you run ten miles in the summer, only run five in winter–at least until your body has accustomed to the exercise. Pushing yourself too hard can lead to sickness!
  • Drink more water 

    You may not feel the need to drink as much in the cold, but you should make it a point to drink extra water. Just because you’re not sweating, that doesn’t mean you’re not getting dehydrated.

Here are a few good options to consider:

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  • Hill Sprints 

    Tackling a hill at top speed is intense exercise, but the high intensity training will get you through that workout more quickly!

    The faster you finish your workout, the less time you spend in the cold.
  • Park Gym

    If your local park has a gym, spend 30 minutes working out fewer muscles (divide days into Chest and Triceps, Back, Biceps and Shoulders, Traps and Legs, and Abs, Obliques, and Forearms).

    Rest no more than 30 seconds between each set to get through the workout quickly.
  • Battle/Heavy Ropes

    Flinging heavy ropes around for 15 to 30 minutes will warm you up wonderfully, and you’ll burn a lot of calories!

    Best of all, the workout combines cardio and strength training in the same workout, so you can get both workouts in with far less time invested.
  • Jogging  

    If you are trying to get your cardio in good shape, why not start during the winter? You will be running far slower and for less time anyways, so it’s worth starting slow with some winter jogging.

    By the time you work your way up to 3 or 4 miles, the spring thaw will have arrived!
  • Snow Hiking

    Imagine the steady calorie-burn of hiking, but with snow to up the intensity!

    Wearing heavy snow boots will help you burn a lot more calories and give your legs a wicked workout

    Plus, who doesn’t love to trek through the snow?
  • Snow Hiking

    Skiing is an excellent form of exercise, and a whole lot of fun at the same time! You can try cross-country skiing for some intense endurance training, or go for downhill skiing for solid cardio mixed with an epic thrill.
  • Snowboarding

    It’s tougher than you’d think, and an awesome workout. You can burn up to 600 calories per hour, and that number increases if you climb the hill instead of taking the lift.

    It may be pricey, but it makes for one hell of a vacation.
  • Snowshoeing

    Take snow hiking, add some heavy snow shoes, and you have an awesome workout.

    It’s going to shred your leg and glute muscles, give you great cardio, and provide you with fun under the winter sun

These are some of the best ways to get in a solid workout over the winter!

Take Your Winter Workout Routine Indoors

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If you’re smart, you’ll spend a bit more of your workout time indoors during the winter months. While there are many ways to get in shape outdoors, the truth is that you can never truly push yourself as hard as you should when the weather turns cold. By bringing your winter workout indoors, you reduce your risk of injury and sickness!

Here are some winter workout ideas to help you get a solid indoor workout WITHOUT getting bored of the same old routine:

Fully Body HIIT Workout

Try this workout to shred every muscle in your body in one day:

Burpees This workout combines lower body work with upper body work, plus a bit of abs work thrown in. It doesn’t get better than this!

Jump Squats Squatting with a jump at the end changes up the workout for your legs and adds a bit of cardio to turn up the intensity of the movement.

Pull-Ups No kipping! This isn’t CrossFit, but it’s classic pull-ups done to give your back, biceps, and shoulders lots of definition.

Jump Rope Count to 200, 500, or 1000, depending on your overall fitness level. Not just a great form of cardio, but it will do wonders for your calves!

Farmer Walk Grip heavy weights and walk around the room for a count of 60–your forearms will thank you.

Do 50 Pull-ups (assisted if you need help), 75 Burpees, and 100 Jump squats to complete this workout.
Follow it up with a day of HIIT cardio, and you’ll come out of winter looking fit like never before!

Doing a winter workout is the best way to keep out the chill, but it will help you look great once you finally take off the heavy sweaters and jackets…

Kaitlin Gardner

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Kaitlin Gardner

Kaitlin Gardner currently lives in Pennsylvania and is married to her best friend. In her spare time, she loves to go hiking , hand with her family and friend and enjoy nature.

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