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When the sun is shining in the sky, it’s not hard to feel inspired and want to step out into the great outdoors and burn a few calories. But when the cold winds of winter arrive, the idea of hunkering down around a fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate seems far more enticing. So how do you stay in shape when the cooler weather arrives? Live Science spoke to the experts and found six ways to keep exercising in winter.
By applying these ideas to your workouts, you’ll be able to keep those extra calories at bay and keep a smile on your face until springtime. During the winter months, you should still be able to find a workout that will encourage you to climb out of bed; whether that’s powering through a circuit on an exercise bike or stepping out into the great outdoors and taking advantage of some of the fun that winter sports have to offer.
Six ways to keep exercising in winter: How to stay active all year around
Hit the slopes
While your favorite summer sports may be on hold, it’s time to embrace what winter has to offer. When the snow starts to fall, nature’s theme park is open. While skiing, snowboarding, and even sledding can be fun, there’s no doubt that those fun winter workouts are also serious calorie burners. According to the Mayo Clinic, a person weighing 160lb can burn 314 calories an hour while skiing. If it is a good day on the slopes, you can still get blue skies and maybe a glass of mulled wine or beer during the apres-ski.
Do a fun run
Jeff Parke owner of Top Fitness magazine said it’s helpful to sign up for an event to keep you motivated to train. “There are so many types of races, obstacle courses, and competitions even during the winter months. Try finding a holiday-themed running event like a Turkey Trot or a Jingle Bell Run,” he said. “Active.com is a great site to visit to find races in your area.”