We get it — it's hard enough to drag yourself to the gym on a bright and sunny day, let alone when there's a blizzard outside. As the temperature drops and oversized sweaters become a staple, it's all too easy to drop your healthy diet and fitness routine, because of course cuddling up on the couch sounds much better!
If you've already been slipping into a winter fitness rut, we've got your back. Get out before you're sucked in for good with these eight easy ways to get back on track.
1. Think Outside the Gym
It is winter, after all. Instead of dreading the treadmill, face the cold by doing a fun outdoor activity. You might have to pack on the layers, but at least you'll stay active. Try snowshoeing, skiing, ice skating, or even having a snowball fight. (Loser cooks dinner!)
2. Keep Track of Your Workouts
"Write out your workouts a week in advance and put it next to your bed. If you read it before you go to bed and as soon as you wake up, you'll be rut-free this winter without a doubt," he says.
3. Make a Playlist
What gets you more pumped up than good music? Even if it's gloomy outside, your feel-good songs can get you up and at 'em in no time.
4. Set New Goals
Even if you reached your summer goals — whether that's weight loss or staying active on a regular basis — don't stop now. Set new goals for winter so you're not left trying to make a comeback on January 1 like the rest of the world. You'll be so happy you stayed a step (or 10!) ahead.
5. Watch What You Eat
It's second nature to splurge on delicious food over the holidays, but DeGrazio recommends keeping portion sizes in check to ensure your workouts aren't affected.
"Don't deprive yourself from having mom's famous apple pie, but don't eat the whole thing either. Be responsible with your portion sizes. Overindulging is a surefire way to get stuck in a winter rut," he says. "Have a taste, get out of there, then get right back into your fitness routine the next day and you'll avoid it without a problem."
6. Work Out at Home
Who says you need to go to the gym to stay fit? Thanks to YouTube, many aerobic exercises can be done from your own living room, from Pound to Ballet cardio. There are even some sweatless exercises you can work into your routine on days you don't want to go all-out.
7. Sign Up for Workout Classes
One of the easiest ways to stay accountable for workouts is when you're investing hard-earned money in them. Sign up for fun fitness classes near you — think yoga, Pilates, and cycling — that still charge you if you're a no-show. If you don't want to lose big bucks, you'll get your booty out the door no matter how chilly it is.
8. Find a Buddy
If you're better when you have a workout partner-in-crime, ask a friend to join your fitness journey with you.
"You'll hold yourselves more accountable by working out together. Plan it, schedule it, and do it together," DeGrazio says.
Ready to show winter who's boss this year?