In the midst of snowstorm after snowstorm, I’ve found my enthusiasm for staying active really hard to keep up. It’s difficult keeping my eye on the prize when all I want to do is snuggle up with a cappuccino, look at the falling snow, and read. Relaxation is a great thing, but easy to over indulge in this time of year. So how can we make it easier to maintain the get in shape habit when all we want to do is hibernate?
- Trade the gym for something you love. When getting to the gym becomes a chore and going outside to workout is a few months away, switch it up! My personal favorite is tennis. I play in a women’s league once a week for an hour and a half. It’s a nice change to break a sweat doing something I love and it gets me out of the house meeting new people. Working out doesn’t have to be something you dread!
- Do something every day… even if it’s only for 20 minutes. If you can’t get your tush to the gym, (or just don’t want to), even doing something for 20 minutes will help. It gets your heart pumping, and more importantly keeps your workout routine going. Running up your apartment building stairs, getting on the floor and doing a few yoga poses, push ups or jumping jacks, can all get you moving for a short period of time.
- When all else fails, join a workout challenge. Challenges have become more and more popular over the past few years as gyms and workout studios everywhere are hosting them. The concept is that everyone commits to working out and eating healthier for a few weeks to a few months and often there are cash prizes for the winners. Cash can be a great motivator if nothing else does the job. And even if you don’t win, you’ll still be in better shape!- Jessica Geier
Jessica Geier is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and the co-owner of Raw Generation Juices. Raw Generation makes it more convenient to incorporate fresh juices into a busy lifestyle without being a slave to a juicer. Jessica trained at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and continues to educate herself daily on what’s new in the field of nutrition. In her spare time she runs, practices hot yoga, is obsessed with the Bar Method classes, and writes for her two blogs at Raw Generation & Plenty of Thyme. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.