Ideas to keep you warmed up and motivated as temperatures dip
Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 30, 2004 at 11:19 p.m.
Work on your mind and muscles
Winter is a time of rest, but can also be a time of renewal.
Now that you know how to keep your body fit, Carol Frazier, a Nashville personal trainer, life coach and motivational speaker, has some tips that will keep your mind and spirit fit, too.
"Everybody wants to be active in the winter," says Carol Frazier, a Nashville personal trainer, life coach and motivational speaker. "But it does have its challenges."
Instead of putting your workout routine to bed this winter, invigorate it with some of these ideas.
Frazier says winter is an excellent time to cross train and do different muscle and cardio workouts. This will prevent overuse injuries and get your body out of the rut of always doing the same things. You'll also see gains in strength and endurance so when spring comes, you'll be ready to pick up where you left off.
You can try ice skating, indoor rock climbing, belly dance classes or ballroom dancing, just to name a few. Or take a new class at the gym where you're already a member.
Low on funds? Check out a video or DVD.
Don't have the money for a gym membership? That's still no excuse not to stay fit this winter.
Caryn Klein, fitness director at the Gordon Jewish Community Center in Nashville, says that if funds are a problem, exercise videos are the way to go. They usually cost less than $15, and you can even check them out of the library for free.
Mall walking or making a conscious effort to park away from the building you're headed to and to take the stairs can also add several steps to your day.
Take a few yoga classes and then do them at home. Just 10 to 15 minutes two times a week will go a long way.
If the Rockies or Vermont are out of reach, plan a shorter, less costly ski trip to Paoli, Ind., western North Carolina or West Virginia.
If you can't make it out of town, bundle up and take a hike around the state park nearest you.
Your goal could be to train for a ski vacation, lose a certain number of pounds or be able to run a certain number of miles. On your way to your final goal, set intermediate goals and milestones to break up the cold winter months.
"With winter, you lose a lot of enthusiasm because it's cold out," Hagy says, "so, if you do have a goal, that makes it easier to move forward."
They'll tell you that knowing others are waiting for them makes getting out of bed on a cold morning a whole lot easier.
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