Exercising In The Winter

There are many things which can help you power through the cold winter weather, whether it's the right choice of clothing or signing yourself up for a challenge, let’s explore what your options are for winter motivation.


To begin, you need to wear suitable clothing during any exercise you plan on doing. As the late British fell walker, Alfred Wainwright, said “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” It is important to remember that even smaller accessories like headbands, hats and gloves can have a major impact on your temperature. Don’t forget that the harsh winter months are darker than usual so wearing colorful, reflective clothing will improve your visibility, especially at night.

Make it Social

While some people enjoy working out alone, others find that having company is beneficial. Partner up with a friend or join a community or class. Exercising with a friend is proven to make you less likely to pull out, it also keeps you entertained as you can talk throughout the workout and even help each other out whenever necessary. It may seem like a big commitment to join a community but most of them are very relaxed as it is people just like yourself who may lack motivation from time to time.

Keep Track of Your Training

Numerous tools and apps are available to help you keep track of your activities. And it doesn't have to be overly technical. You can make a note or put a dot on a calendar or chart to visualize how much work you have already completed. If you enjoy keeping track of your steps, you should know that simply adding up the total is unnecessary. Health professionals urged people to exercise more vigorously rather than just reaching a certain distance. According to a recent PHE survey, people struggle to fit in exercise primarily due to a lack of time, hence a daily 10 minute brisk walk is recommended.

Make It A Challenge

There is no better motivation than knowing you are doing it for a reason. Set yourself a goal that you can constantly work towards and use as motivation. Whether it's completing the NHS Couch to 5K program or signing up for a marathon, having a goal can give your exercise routine direction and discipline. There are various events that you can participate in, regardless of your drive and degree of fitness, most of them being free.

Train at Home

If the thought of working out in winter is just too much for you then stay at home! There are plenty of exercises that can be done from the comfort of your home that can be just as effective as any other workouts! There are some simple pieces of home workout equipment which can enhance a workout such as a weighted hula hoop or pedal exerciser. These simple pieces of equipment can be used anywhere!