6 Ways to Get Your Fitness On In Winter

by Claire Luchette

Colder climes mean couches, cocoa, and carby-carb-carbs, yeah? NAH! This winter, fend off the lazybones feelings that come with chilly weather and too much lounging. Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean you have to break out your best hibernating bear impression.

Instead, make like Michelle Obama and move! You don't have to risk frostbite (or even buy a gym membership) to burn some cals and fend off the SAD blues. Here are some tips for winterizing your workout.

1. Get yourself an outdoors workout get-up

You should aim to dress for a temperature that's 15 or 20 degrees warmer than the outside temp, since your body will heat up after you start working out. Running tights, like these New Balance ones, will keep your gams warm while you strut your stuff on the street. A sweatshirt with a hood will prove essential.

2. You can still run when it's snowing — and you should

You'll burn 15% more calories when you jog through the snow. To prevent slipping, either invest in YakTrax cleats, which attach to your running shoes, or use this DIY tip for increased traction.

3. Don't forget about the activities you already love to do in winter

Sledding, ice skating, shoveling snow. OK, no one likes to do that last one, but there are fun, seasonal, and workout-worthy ways to spend time outside.

4. Scared of the blustery winds? You can work out while watching TV!

During commercial breaks, Fitness magazine recommends doing 15 squats, 15 push-ups, 15 crunches, and 15 seconds of high-knee running in place. Or consider having a private dance sesh.

5. Take your pace down a notch

Your body will struggle when it's super cold outside, and you're at greater risk of pulling a muscle. So take it slow and enjoy the scenery.

6. At work and the subway, take the stairs whenever possible

And when you want a workout, running the stairs at your apartment up and down for 30 minutes is the original StairMaster.

Go sweat, everyone!