If you are like me, you like to get as much exercise as you can through outdoor activities, which makes winter time in colder climates a challenge. Gyms certainly have their place (and have been helpful and even fun at times in my life), but somehow I can't shake the feeling that we have moved in a strange direction as a species when we sit all day, then go to a place with special machines in order to build strength & move the blood around our bodies.
Here are some suggestions for staying active through the winter months without, or as a compliment to, a gym membership:
• Dedicate a space in your house where you can keep a soft mat and/or yoga mat out at all times. You may also want any props such as a Pilates Magic Circle, light weights, or a yoga block nearby. I find it beneficial to keep my mat out and ready for stretching, Pilates, yoga, or any other movement rather than rolling it up and putting it away each day.
• Get to know your local Pilates or yoga studio and check out their group classes. If a before or after work class doesn't work in your schedule, see if there are studios near your work that offer express lunch hour classes and mark them ahead of time in your calendar as meetings so that you prioritize them.
• Bundle up and go out for a brisk walk. Yes, I resist this option as well, but the truth is, once I'm out there, I enjoy it and usually feel refreshed. If having a destination helps, think about walking to the grocery store or library instead of calling a Lyft.
• Treat yourself to a retreat! There are so many options these days that will help you recommit to a healthy routine and get you out of the cold. You're also sure to meet great people and be introduced to new teachers and ways of moving.