5 Ways I’m Making Winter Workouts Easier on Myself

Oh no, I just said the W word, but seriously, winter is coming.  

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been straight dreading the return to they gym — though I’ve actually already been three times already and it wasn’t even bad — so I thought really hard about how to go about this gym season thing in a way that I won’t hate.

#1 Build a better playlist

The “Girl Power” playlist I built this summer is great for office listening but turns out Adele isn’t exactly “pump me up!” music.  Sorry, Adele.

#2 Really try for only one morning workout a week

Truth be told, I’m a morning workout person — or just a morning person in general — so I can tolerate getting up in the dark and driving myself to the dreadmill once a week, but it starts to feel like actual torture if I do it more than once.

#3 Go to yoga WAY more

I always wonder what life would be like if I gave up running for the entire winter in lieu of yoga, then I remember running is free and yoga is not, but I think mixing it up is going to be key this winter.

#4 Build dinner plans around workouts

As in, it TOTALLY STRESSES ME OUT, when I get to the gym at 5:30 PM and have to wait for a treadmill to open up and all I’m thinking about is how this workout delay is cutting further and further into my dinner cooking time.  Need to coordinate leftovers night to go along with gym night.

#5 Stress less

I KNOW working out is good for you, but at the end of the day, stressing out about when to fit in a trip to the gym probably negates any positive effects it has on me.  New plan involves going when I can, hitting snooze when sleep feels more important and not overthinking whether or not I WANT to workout.

Are you a winter gym go-er?  Do you love it, hate it, land somewhere in between?

3 thoughts on “5 Ways I’m Making Winter Workouts Easier on Myself

  1. So if I want to work out (and lose weight) I have to go to the gym, no matter the time of year…I can’t run (herniated disc in my back) so I have to focus on things that are easy on my back with no repetitive impact, so things like the elliptical are good. I do sometimes do pilates videos from the comfort of my own home. I also struggle real hard with the gym/dinner conundrum. I have to eat first (too hungry) but usually dinner takes until 7/7:30 so I’m not hitting the gym until 8 usually and then my night just feels so short. Not sure I’m ever gonna perfect a solution, but let me know if you find one!

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