How to Avoid the Dreaded Winter Workout Rut

January 11, 2017

Many healthy in-shape people build their Summer bodies in the Winter. But when it’s cold and goodies surround you; it is easy to fall into a winter workout rut. Here’s how to climb out.

What does winter time mean for you? Most of us will think of holiday season, cold temperatures, and as a result, lack of workout motivation

Winter workouts are usually the first thing to be put on the back burner when paired against staying in and watching a movie. The shortage of time and energy this season brings about usually develops into dreaded workout ruts. 

However, getting your winter workouts in is crucial for many reasons. This season is when we build our summer bodies and become the most stressed and prone to eating unhealthy foods. 

Whether you find yourself in a workout rut or just need some extra encouragement, here are the things to keep you moving this winter. Even in the dreaded and snowy cold, there is still hope!


Fighting your winter workout rut

Don’t be afraid to do outdoor activities

Limiting yourself to only doing things indoors because it’s too cold or depressing outside is grounds for a workout rut.

Going to the gym and doing workout routines indoors is awesome, but you’ll need to get outside to keep your sanity once and a while. 

Try skiing, snowboarding, jogging, or ice skating. These are all fun and intense outdoor winter activities that burn lots of calories. 

Our bodies burn more calories when it’s colder out, and our skin gets the chance to breathe some fresh air. 

Embrace the winter weather and make the most of it!

Experiment with different things

During the winter months, we find ourselves getting into the same workout routines over and over again. To keep ourselves motivated, we need to add some variety. 

Winter time is a great chance to check out a new activity like swimming or cycling and try something new. Who knows? You could end up loving it. 

You could also experiment with working out at different times of the day. Add morning class your AM routine if you aren’t available to commit to a workout after work. 

Get a friend to workout with you

Chances are when you grab a workout buddy to go to the gym with you; you’ll cancel a lot less often. When there is commitment involved, it’s much easier to stay clear of a winter workout rut. 

Find someone who has the same goals as you and determine a few days of the week to exercise with them. 

This person could be a friend, someone you meet at an exercise class, a co-worker or even a family member. 

Make the most of your time

Never-ending chores and responsibilities fill our time during the holidays. That’s why it’s important to make the very most of our time during the winter months – including finding little bits of time to exercise. 

If you have to bake cookies or wrap some Christmas presents, throw in some lunges, planks, or push-ups during the breaks. Multi-tasking and making the most of your time is crucial in maintaining your health and fitness during the holiday season.

It doesn’t always have to be an hour-long session at the gym. 

Workout at home 

During a blizzard or not enough time to go to the gym, don’t let that be an excuse. 

With all of the at-home workout options we have, working out in the comfort of our living rooms will suffice for a winter workout. 

From workout tapes to YouTube videos to an at-home set of dumbells, the options are endless. 

What’s with the waiting? Get moving! 

Although winter workouts can be a challenge, we have to remember that we build our dream bodies in the off-season. 

By being creative, setting goals, trying new things, embracing the cold weather, and prioritizing workouts, you can stay on track.

What are some ways you avoid those dreaded winter workout ruts? Leave us a comment below. 

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