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 TOP | LULULEMON PACE RIVAL CROP
HOW TO STAY ACTIVE IN THE WINTER (& ALL YEAR LONG!)
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!
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.