Staying Active in the Winter

Staying active in the winter can be tough. When the temperatures drop and the holidays roll around it’s easy to feel a bit lazy and unmotivated. I try to keep myself accountable especially in the winter, since I tend to overindulge around the holidays! When it’s cooler I spice up my workouts and try to do a few indoor workouts and a few outdoor workouts a week.

As far as workouts go, I do a few different things during the week. I go to Pure Barre a few days a week, but when I don’t make it to the studio I do workouts at my gym, in my house, or outside. There are a few local parks and a few high schools near my house, so I go there sometimes to workout. I always bring my Apple Watch to track my workouts (if you’re using your watch at Pure Barre use the “other” setting in the activity app!) Today I’m partnering with lululemon to share how I stay active in the winter!

First things first…. you gotta look good to feel good. That was my motto when I took tests in high school & college and it’s my motto when working out too! As a fitness instructor, I quickly learned the importance of quality workout apparel. Lululemon work out gear is unmatched in quality. I tend to go from workout to running errands so it’s important to have gear that can stand the test of sweating without smelling (just being honest!) Having great workout clothes makes a huge difference in my workout. I’m always comfortable in my lululemon pieces and they function well in all settings whether it be hot yoga or an outdoor run.  I’m gifting a few of my favorite pieces to close friends & family members this year! Plus, who doesn’t like new gear to make themselves feel a little better when working out!? I know I do!

OUTFIT ONE: LULULEMON DEFINE JACKET (I go up a size in this jacket, wearing size 4) | LULULEMON ENERGY BRA (I go up a size, wearing size 4) | LULULEMON BEND & TWIST TOPLULULEMON PACE RIVAL CROP


JOIN A GYM | A gym membership isn’t that expensive. My gym membership costs $15/month and they’re open 24 hours. If you’re on a tight budget think of $15 worth of “stuff” you can cut out in order to afford it! Think of that as three venti lattes a month (but without the calories) and it’s definitely feasible!

FIND A WORKOUT THAT WORKS FOR YOU | Before I found the gym I go to now I went to a very big gym and I never went because I was so intimidated by the amount of people and machines! If a gym isn’t your thing find something that is! I really want to try Orange Theory to get in my cardio. I love Pure Barre for those small isometric movements that really tone my muscles. And sometimes I just like a good outdoor workout. If you’re not sure what you want to do, see if your city has a class pass. This is a multi-gym membership (includes yoga, spin, barre, pilates, etc) so you can get it all under one “umbrella.”

HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE | It is so easy to be “too busy” to work out or come up with some excuse. Believe me, I do it too! If you put $1 in a jar every time you work out, then do it! If you record it in a journal, go for it! Anything that keeps you accountable… do it!


SCHEDULE IT | I work from home, so I try to schedule it during my week so that I know that at X-time I have a workout. It helps me know that it’s in my calendar and I won’t schedule anything in its place. If I know I have a busy day, I’ll do one of my Pure Barre workout videos at home, so I’m not pressed for time! If I’m seriously pressed for time I will do arm workouts in my office- it’s a quick 15 minute workout that shows results quickly!

GET CREATIVE | A quick search on Pinterest can produce hundreds of workouts that are amazing! If you’re not one who works out, I highly suggest doing that because it’s a great place to start to get ideas of what things you can do without feeling intimidated!

DON’T FORGET TO STRETCH | Taking the time to stretch is so important. I suggest stretching for 15-20 minutes a day to gain more flexibility. I’ve found the more that I stretch the more lean I am and the longer I am able work out. In between or after my workouts (depending on what I’m doing) I will listen to “cool down” music and stretch the areas I’m working on that day.

OUTFIT ONE: LULULEMON DEFINE JACKET (I go up a size in this jacket, wearing size 4) | LULULEMON ENERGY BRA (I go up a size, wearing size 4) | LULULEMON BEND & TWIST TOP | LULULEMON PACE RIVAL CROP


This post is sponsored by lululemon. All thoughts, writing & styling are my own.

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  1. hanna wrote:

    Awesome tips Emily! –Like Hanna

    Posted 12.14.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thanks for stopping by Hanna!

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  2. Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels wrote:

    I’ve only tried their leggings and love them! Now I want to try this pretty jacket!

    Posted 12.14.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      I have WAY too many pairs of their leggings- they’re just so good! This jacket is another one I love, I have it in 3 colors. I suggest going up a size if you decide to get it! 🙂

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  3. Wesley Day wrote:

    Love all of those cute workout tops! Also, I had no idea Pure Barre had at-home videos! Might be a last-minute addition to my Christmas list:) Great post!


    Wesley Day |

    Posted 12.14.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Girl yes!! And they are AMAZING! I really do love them- perfect for being able to get your shake on at home!

      XO, Emily

      Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  4. Kate wrote:

    You look amazing! Cutest workout gear!

    Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  5. Nina wrote:

    PB has at home videos!?? Yesssss I LOVE Pure Barre! And your workout gear, so cute!

    Xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

    Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  6. Maggie wrote:

    I love this whole workout look! And I have been wanting to try an apple watch!


    Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  7. Stesha wrote:

    both of those shirts are so cute! I am all about cute and comfy workout clothes, I run almost everyday outside this tim of year…. its the best!


    Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  8. i am LOVING that new bling in your ensembles my friend!!!! these are great tips and love all those fun new lulu lemon pieces, too 😉

    Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  9. I am obsessed with that top Emily! I would wear it ALL the time – it’s so flattering and comfortable.

    Xmas gift – done and done!


    Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  10. This is such an inspirational post!! I def need these tips!

    Jenna from

    Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  11. Melissa wrote:

    I had no idea workout clothes can look this stylish!

    Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  12. Brittani wrote:

    These tips are super helpful! I’m always so unmotivated to work out in the winter!


    Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  13. Love all these tips! Lucky for us it doesn’t too cold here in Vegas!

    Posted 12.15.16 Reply
  14. Lauren wrote:

    Love these tips! And that jacket is so chic – Lululemon has the best stuff!



    Posted 12.15.16 Reply
  15. Dawn wrote:

    These are such cute workout outfits! I love your tips!

    Posted 12.15.16 Reply
  16. I adore Lululemon!! Love all the pieces in this post!

    Posted 12.15.16 Reply
  17. Lauren wrote:

    My workouts definitely suffer a bit in the Winter, but scheduling it definitely helps! Love this chic workout outfits!

    By Lauren M

    Posted 12.15.16 Reply
  18. Gentry wrote:

    I love all these tips- they are so important for this time of the year when working out falls to the bottom of most people’s priority list! I also agree that when you wear cute workout gear it just makes you feel better! Love Lulu!

    Posted 12.16.16 Reply
  19. Jessica wrote:

    I agree! Cute workout clothes are a must!
    – Jessica
    Miss Moore Style

    Posted 12.16.16 Reply
  20. Lacey wrote:

    Great tips! I love lululemon gear for winter especially since they have so many good (warm!) fabrics 🙂

    xo Lacey

    Posted 12.17.16 Reply
  21. Amazing tips! I love that tie in the back!!

    Posted 12.17.16 Reply
  22. Shelby Back wrote:

    The winter makes it so hard to keep active, but cute clothes make it a little easier 😉 I loveee me some lululemon too!


    Posted 12.18.16 Reply
  23. Lexi wrote:

    It’s definitely harder in the winter, but these are great ideas. My apple watch definitely helps me too. <3

    Posted 12.18.16 Reply
  24. Holding yourself accountable….ugh! This is my biggest downfall!

    Posted 12.18.16 Reply
  25. Greta wrote:

    Lulu is the best! I love wearing their pieces for working out/errand running. Also, I love barre too! It’s the best workout!

    Greta |

    Posted 12.18.16 Reply
  26. Jaime wrote:

    I love Lululemon. When I lived in Charlotte, I feel like that is the only thing people wore! Haha!! You look amazing by the way. I need to do some pure barre!!

    Posted 12.18.16 Reply
  27. Ashley wrote:

    These are great tips! Your workout gear is so cute!

    xo Ashley

    Posted 12.19.16 Reply
  28. Zoe wrote:

    Loved this post. I need all the motivation I can get this time of year!!

    Posted 12.19.16 Reply
  29. Love these tips Emily!! You look amazing!! Lulu is my favorite!!

    Posted 12.19.16 Reply
  30. sarah lindner wrote:

    I love this post! I am def one of those people who doesn’t move much at all in the winter!

    Sarah Lindner

    Posted 12.19.16 Reply
  31. Elise wrote:

    Love this look on you!! The knot details on the top is so cool. You make me want an apple watch!!

    Posted 12.19.16 Reply
  32. Amy M Loochtan wrote:

    Get it girl! Great workout look and that ring is the perfect motivator I’m sure! Gorgeous BTW
    Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins

    Posted 12.19.16 Reply
  33. This is SOOOOO inspiring! Need to get back to it for 2017!

    Posted 12.19.16 Reply
  34. Rachel wrote:

    I am loving both of these outfits! And I love your tips for working out indoors or at a gym, it’s too cold to take it outside!

    xo Rachel – To Hell in a Handbag

    Posted 12.19.16 Reply
  35. Love this post and so inspired to get some work outs in now!

    Posted 12.20.16 Reply
  36. Emily wrote:

    loving these tips (& your super chic workout wear!)

    Posted 12.20.16 Reply
  37. Emily wrote:

    LuLu Lemon is my favorite!

    xo, L
    @livingincolorblog on IG

    Posted 12.21.16 Reply
  38. Lacey wrote:

    Have those leggings and love them! A lot of people blast Lulu for pricing, but I’ve had some of my leggings for over 3 years and they still look brand new. You get what you pay for for SURE!



    Posted 12.21.16 Reply

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