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How to Avoid the Dreaded Winter Workout Rut


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 to you? Most of us think of the holiday season, cold temperatures, and as a result, lack of workout motivation

Winter workouts usually get put on the back burner due to the temptation of staying in and watching a movie. The shortage of time and energy this season brings can develop the dreaded workout ruts. 

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

If you find yourself in a workout rut, 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

If you limit yourself to indoor activities because it’s too cold is grounds for a workout rut.

Workout routines indoors are awesome, but you will need to go 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 in 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. If you make a mutual commitment, it’s much easier to stay clear of a winter workout rut. 

Find someone who has the same goals as you and decide 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 most of our time during the winter months.

If you have to bake cookies or wrap Christmas presents, squeeze in some lunges, planks, or push-ups during the breaks. Making the most of your time is crucial for 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 many at-home workout options, a workout in our living rooms will suffice. 

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 must remember that we build our dream bodies in the off-season. 

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

Know some other ways to avoid those dreaded winter workout ruts? Leave us a comment below. 


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