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Winter Workout Tips That'll Keep You Motivated Through The New Year

Wintertime brings cold temperatures, darker days, rain and snow, so it makes sense that most Americans are retreating from regular exercise[1] in favor of things like hot chocolate by the fire and other equally toasty activities.

But not you, brave warrior. Armed with these tips from fitness experts, you’ll be downward dogging and burpee-ing your way straight into the New Year, while your stiff and sore friends will be dusting off their workout shoes for the first time in weeks come January.

Besides, there’s always time for hot chocolate — after your run.

1. Make An Investmentwinter workout tipsMaybe the cold is weighing a little too heavily on your mind. It could be because you’re not wearing the right clothes. Celebrity fitness trainer Lacey Stone[2] recommends investing in a hat and hoodie to keep your head and chest warm, plus gloves.

“Buy the right workout apparel,” Stone tells HuffPost Healthy Living. “You don’t want to stop just because of the elements.” Plus, ear muffs and scarves have a serious cuteness factor!

Or maybe the investment isn’t in gear. Consider splurging on a personal trainer for a month of two. “You invest in a lot of things in your life,” says Stone. “Why not a coach?” Or sign up for a challenge: It could be a month of Spinning rides, a winter race or a competition at your gym. The Sweat Garage in Los Angeles, for instance, is holding “December Challenge” classes in which trainers will record your two-mile runs and reps on exercises like pushups, burpees and crunches. By the end of December, you’ll see some noticeable gains.

2. Make The Season Work For Yousnow shoeingCorin Safe[3], an Olympic weight lifting coach who works at a CrossFit gym in Chicago, grew up in Minnesota and is no stranger to extreme weather. During the winter, Safe goes snow-shoeing, sledding and ice skating with friends — all the activities that are pretty much impossible to do any other time of year. Her favorite activity, though, is a simple winter walk.

“I am a huge fan of going on a walk, no matter what the temperature is,” says Safe. “Put on your boots and get out there. After 30 minutes, you’ll feel awesome, because walking reduces stress and promotes a little bit of meditation.”

“Plan one active outing for every holiday celebration,” says Elle Penner, MPH, RD, who works for the weight loss app MyFitnessPal[4]. “While you’re adding those holiday parties and dinners to the calendar, pencil one active outing into your schedule as well.”

3. Take Stock Of Your Exercise Routineexercise thinking winterSafe also likes to ask her clients to take a step back and mentally reassess their fitness goals. “What do you want to get out of it? How committed are you?” she asks. List the reasons you have for prioritizing exercise, and think about everything you’ve achieved in 2013. How are you going to keep it going or take it up a notch in 2014?

4. Think Aheadhalf marathonTaking stock of your exercise goals also means forecasting ahead to sunnier times. Ryan Ford, who owns the Parkour gyms APEX Movement[5] in Colorado and California, encourages students to train with their spring and summer goals in mind.

“What are your goals for spring or summer? Half-marathon? Tough Mudder? Parkour in Paris?” asks Ford. “Whatever it may be, training with that forward-thinking mindset can make [exercise] a little less depressing and a little more exciting. There’s no pressure now to perform or compete.”

5. Get Back To BasicsparkourWinter is also a great time to get back to square one.

“Identify what you need to improve on and get stronger,” says Ford. “Now’s the time to do that for the longterm.” For Ford’s beginning Parkour students, that means mastering their own body weight with exercises like pushups, pull-ups, squats with no weights, lunges and hand stands.

“We’re all about training for useful fitness,” Ford explains. “I really see no use for bicep curls or leg extensions unless you’re a bodybuilder or you’re rehabbing a specific body part from injury or imbalance.” And that’s good news for newbies who want to get a jump on their New Year’s resolution: Instead of expensive gym memberships or special equipment, all you need is your body and the ability to count.

Also on HuffPost:

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References

  1. ^ most Americans are retreating from regular exercise (www.gallup.com)
  2. ^ Celebrity fitness trainer Lacey Stone (www.laceystonefitness.com)
  3. ^ Corin Safe (safefitness.net)
  4. ^ weight loss app MyFitnessPal (www.myfitnesspal.com)
  5. ^ APEX Movement (www.apexmovement.com)

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  1. Reply

    Can You Give Me Some Workout Tips On Buns? I have a big butt and I don’t know how to lose the waight. Can someone help me out? Can you name some workout tips that might work for me?

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      Squats….work a treat, trust me!

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    • Aslan
    • December 12, 2013
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    Any Good Workout Tips For Men? I need workout tips that I can use at home and that works.

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      Eat healthy. consume a little more protein (meat) than usual. Work out helps but working out is about your body fat percentage. Eating healthy is the main thing, then work out. Two strengths when combined, result in that figure your looking for. When you work out don’t do the same routine work out everyday. alternate between 3 days and do different things each of the three days. like Monday do crunches, Tuesday sit ups, Wednesday go for a run. then Thursday go back to crunches. You can do more than one thing a day certainly but don’t do the exact same workout everyday. Your body gets use to it. Mix things up. Eat a healthy breakfast. Eggs, bacon, milk, orange juice. that sort of thing. Just combine eating healthy with work out and you should see results in the first few days.

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    • Deej
    • December 12, 2013
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    What Are Some Good Workout Tips That Will Help Me Get Into Shape Quick? Im 22 5’6″ and weigh 178lbs. im sick of being fat and repulsed when i look in the mirror at my body. i just would like to know some great workout tips to help me get fit and lose about 40 lbs in 2 months

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      Well the best way to lose weight is to run everyday morning and night or after for hour and of course you wont be able to run the whole 1 hour as your not in shape yet so try to run for 30 minutes or more if you can and then walk for like 10 minutes and then run until you get to an hour and if your finally able to run the whole 1 hour start running for 2 hours

      also start weight lifting as well as muscle burns fat so just get normal 15 lb or lighter if its to heavy and do curls dumbbell presses etc and most important of all do free weights such as push ups and if your unable to do allot of push ups do like 10 rest 10 seconds 10 rest 10 rest until you get to 100 or 200 if you can also get a bar and try to do pull ups front wards and you probably wont be able to so try really hard and go to the top and go down slowly, and you will have to do ab workouts like crunches and raise your legs

      and do a quick warm up and and stretch before you lift and also with running do a quick warm up run like 10 minutes then stretch and start your 1 hour run

      the other most important key fact to weight loss is a big change in your diet which mean more calories out then in so no to any fast food for the rest of your life unless you want be fat the rest of your life, don’t eat any junk foods high in fat like donuts and stuff like that because if your going to be burning like 1000 calories and then eating 3000 calories you wont be losing fat but instead just gaining fat and the only difference will be you will be gaining 10 lbs everyday instead of 5 lbs

      what you should eat is salad fruit vegetables yogurt eat meat but not one in a kfc bucket a kind that homemade eat eggs also good in protein

      follow these steps and i guarantee you of you being fit

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    How Do I Get A Body Like This? Any Workout Tips? I wanna get a body like hayden panattieres from the kohls candies ad. Or a body like Miley Cyrus for that matter. I carry lotsa weight around my middle waist, upper arms, thighs and calves, back, and neck. pretty much everywhere! any workout tips for a teen who totally wants a flat stomach and cute body?

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      Try counting calories. 2400 is the maximum a person should usually intake per day (and I say usually because there are special occasions like birthdays and weddings where it’s kind of hard to stay under 2400 calories), and eventually (I say eventually because your diet probably gives you 4000-5000 calories right now, that’s what mine was) if you want to lose weight faster stay between 2000-2200 calories. Of course, if you’re diet includes fast food and Starbucks, 2400 is fine. Go to http://www.calorieking.com and look up calorie content of foods you eat, or you can buy their book, which might be handier. Combined with exercise, this is a great way to lose weight and isn’t risky like diet pills or miracle diets.

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