5 Ways to Stay Motivated to Exercise When the Weather Turns You Off

Let’s face it, I am not a cold or nasty weather gal.

Getting out of the house when it is cold, rainy or stormy outside is extra difficult for me.

In fact, if I did not have to go out during the coldest days of the winter, spring and fall,

I probably wouldn’t.

It’s much easier to stay indoors where it’s warm and comfortable.

And even though I am paying quite a bit for health club membership, when the weather

is unpleasant, I can find a zillion reasons for not going to my favorite Spin, Cardio Dance

or Zumba classes.

However, skipping your exercise routine isn’t a good idea.

It’s important to make it a fun and natural part of your lifestyle–in spite of the weather for

lots of good reasons!

“Exercising helps you feel good.

It helps you stay healthy.

And it helps you live a longer life.”


In your heart, you know I’m right!

Here are 5 great tips to help you stay motivated to exercise when the weather

is particularly unpleasant:

#1. Exercise in your home

Okay, so not everyone has the space or the budget to add a home gym.

However, you don’t need a lot of space.

A fitness ball or resistance bands can help you accomplish a lot.

You can purchase a fold-up treadmill.

Or consider simply purchasing a few fitness DVDs.

And let’s not forget all of the exercise videos to choose from on YouTube.

Then, when it’s absolutely too cold to head outside, you can work out at home.

You’ll still accomplish your daily fitness goal and you’ll avoid the cold.

#2. Bundle up

With the exception of the dangerously cold days, there’s little risk to exercising outside.

All you need is the proper gear.

If you’re a runner, then a pair of tights and layers of clothing work best.

Don’t’ forget a hat and gloves – wool works best.

And if you cannot run on dry sidewalks, trails or pavement, then consider water-resistant

shoes and/or traction devices like Yak Trax.

Running or exercising outdoors during inclement weather will actually help you feel great.

When the sky is cloudy and the air is cool, the exercise will give you those feel-good endorphins.

5 Ways to Stay Motivated to Exercise When the Weather Turns You Off

#3. Join a club

Winter is a great time to join a fitness club or an exercise group that sparks your interest.

When you join a club you have access to much more fitness equipment and opportunities.

That alone can be motivating.

You’ll be able to try new things and perhaps meet new people.

I joined a health club and signed up for fitness training classes which forces me to keep

my fitness dates–especially since I am paying for it.

While joining a club can be expensive, many clubs offer special wintertime deals.

Find a club that’s close to home or on your normal route so it’s easy to get to.

You won’t have any excuses to not exercise.

My best bud challenged herself to embrace the cold by joining a ski club and now

she has learned to love the snow and has mastered the slopes!

#4. Set a goal

When you set a goal for yourself it’s easier to get and stay motivated.

Your goal can be anything you want it to be – whatever motivates you.

Or you could set a weight-loss goal.

You could also set an endurance or speed goal depending on your fitness program.

If you take yoga, you might set a goal to achieve a complicated pose.

If you’re in martial arts, maybe you can achieve a new belt.

#5. Be nicer to yourself

If getting out and exercising during the unpleasant weather is difficult, then reward yourself.

When you do get out and exercise, pat yourself on the back with something you enjoy.

For example, if you go to the gym or out for a run, celebrate with a massage or a

bowl of your favorite soup.

Acknowledge your success.

Getting motivated to exercise when you’re in full hibernation mode is difficult.

Create a habit of exercise.

Accommodate yourself to the changes in the weather.

Find alternative means for working out and celebrate your success.

You’ll feel better physically, mentally and emotionally when you exercise.

Instead of making excuses, make the right moves!

Your body will thank you–and so will your mind!


What are you tips for staying active even when the weather turns you off?

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