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How to Stay Motivated and Exercise Through the Cold Weather

Elizabeth Seibert - Saturday, February 02, 2019

How to Stay Motivated and Exercise Through the Cold Weather

Jason Deranian is MAC’s Fitness Director. As a devoted Personal Trainer and health enthusiast throughout his adult life, Jason created MAC’s fitness philosophy to prioritize expertly developed exercises over unfounded wellness trends. Here is his take on this month’s featured fitness topic.

Exercise often feels easy at the beginning of January, with New Year’s Resolutions motivating many of us to start a routine. As winter drags on, however, even the fitness-obsessed can struggle amid freezing temperatures, let alone make it to the gym.

At Mount Auburn Club, we want to see you succeed in leading a healthy lifestyle—regardless of where you exercise. So, I’ve pulled together my fitness team’s top six tips to stay active and motivated through the colder months.

1. Start Small
If the idea of completing a chilly workout keeps you from lacing up your shoes, break it down into baby steps. While going for a quick walk to the library or grocery store isn’t going to give you six-pack abs, remember: something is better than nothing. Whatever way you can insert activity to your day will add up over time. The first steps of a workout are often the hardest, but once you get going, it starts to feel good and gets easier. Every bit counts and it is okay to start slow and take breaks.

2. Be Mindful
Besides cold temperatures, another winter gripe I hear from MAC members is that they miss spending time outside. But I bet you go outside every day! The next time you are outdoors or simply walking from the store to your car, take a moment to appreciate the natural world around you. Notice the sights, sounds, and smells you’re immersed in. Next time you consider working out, focus on the wonder from being outside rather than being uncomfortable in the low temperatures.

3. Get Outfitted
It’s easy to be uncomfortable in the cold when you aren’t dressed for it. The proper attire for any winter physical activity includes base-layers, a jacket (the type of jacket will differ for running vs. skiing vs. walking), a hat, gloves, warm socks, and a scarf if your jacket does not cover your neck. Make sure that your athletic clothes are synthetic, moisture-wicking, and NOT made from cotton. Cotton is not ideal for workout clothes because it does not dry as you sweat and instead traps the moisture against your skin, leading to discomfort, blistering, and feeling even colder. There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.

4. Get a Buddy
It’s a well-known fact in the wellness world that exercisers who work out in a group setting do so more often and with higher intensity than solo-exercisers. The best environments for this are small-group training and group exercise classes, which help you make friends and hold you accountable to your workouts. When you add a group training session or exercise class to your schedule, you also add consistency to your workout routine. Consistency is one of the major keys to success!

5. Go Inside
You don’t have to brave the snowy weather to get a workout in, even if you dislike standard gym equipment. Many gyms, including Mount Auburn Club, also offer swimming pools and tennis courts where you can add these beloved activities to your routine or learn how to get started. The Mount Auburn Club also offers fitness machines with the internet, TVs, and augmented reality programs that help you along your workout.

6. Think Positively
Exercising in the winter months is no easy feat. If you notice that you’re having trouble motivating yourself or pushing through your workouts, know that this is normal, and it is okay to stop along your route if you need to. If it is hard for you to work out on your own or you don’t know what to do, consider meeting with one of MAC’s Fitness Professionals. Our experts are here to get you started on the journey to reach your goals and help you along the way! You might be amazed at what an ‘I can’ attitude can do.

Questions about MAC's Fitness Department services? Contact Fitness Director, Jason Deranian.