Cold winters make me want to snuggle up in bed for about 4 months straight, but this winter I've found a few ways to stay active. In the past my pup has kept me going, but having a 7 month old makes me picky about braving the cool temps with a babe in tow (especially with the inversion/bad air quality here in Utah).
This year, I've found a few awesome ways to stay active, and as a bonus I've lost the last of my baby weight.
Tip 1: Use a Fitness Tracker
My trusty Fitbit has been keeping me active. My mom got me a cute pink and gold fitbit a couple months ago and I use it to stay accountable and competitive with a few members of my family. The social aspect makes me want to get my steps in (I have a strong desire to win LOL). Plus I LOVE the gold and pink . My mom knows me so well ;) Tracking sleep has also been interesting, however it's pretty depressing to look at since I'm still getting up with my baby at least once a night.
Tip 2: At home workouts
I used to hate working out at home (I just found that I got a better workout in a gym), but since I paused my gym membership after my daughter was born, working out at home is my only choice. I definitely miss my gym, but right now it's just easier to workout at home. My husband got this awesome spin bike off amazon for an amazing price right before Christmas and I am LOVING it. I always loved the intensity of spin classes, and now I get to spin while my daughter naps. It's so nice not having to worry about driving to the gym, or schlepping the diaper bag/gym bag/baby carrier through the snow. Win-win. We will probably go back to our gym this summer, but until then, I am loving the convenience of working out at home. I'll be posting about a few body weight workouts too :)
One last helpful tip for working out at home- check out Youtube! I love the Yoga with Adriene Youtube channel. She has yoga workouts for all different fitness levels and she is just fantastic. There are tons of other channels for any interest. If you like pilates, zumba, hiit, short workouts, whatever...there is something for you!
Tip 3: Goal setting
It's so important to set a goal. My goal is 10k steps everyday + at least 30 min spin ride 3-4 times per week. Make sure you do what is realistic for you! Right now working out at home is realistic for me. If 2 days a week is realistic for you- Do it! The most important pat of setting any goal-Write it down. I put a step goal and my exercise plan in my calendar and in my phone. Getting that little notification reminds me of my goals, and helps me make sure I'm on track.
What are you doing to stay active this winter? I'd love to know if you have any great tips.