Fight the Winter Workout Blues

As the saying goes, summer bodies are made in the winter. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been finding it more difficult to work out this winter than I usually do. Perhaps its because of the cold temps or maybe I just need a change in my workout routine. Finding a solution to the gym-drearies, which I seem to have a case of, is my current goal, so I decided to share some of my winter motivation tips with you:

  1. Buy some new gym swag- Personally, I really like Athleta but any new workout wear or footwear usually re-energizes me.
  2. Checking out the summer line in my fave catalogs- bathing suits included. This usually reminds me that spring and summer are right around the corner!
  3. Find a {new} workout friend- working out with a new buddy will allow you to sample someone else’s fitness routine and see what they’ve been up to at the gym. This could help get you out of a fitness rut.
  4. Try a new class- maybe hot yoga will transport you to a tropical place, on your yoga mat!
  5. Don’t skip exercise totally- even if you’re not in the mood for your usual fitness routine, at least do something. It could be a walk around the block or some ab work on your living room floor. A little something is better than a lot of nothing!


Ian DiGiacomo, fitness director {and fantastic trainer!} at Healthtrax Fitness and Wellness in Garden City is here to shed some light on why some of us {not mentioning names here} find it more difficult to get our sweat on during the cold winter months.

Adults are inherently less active during the winter months. The low temperature and seeing less sunlight can diminish your energy levels for a number of reasons.

Physiologically, your vitamin D levels may drop due to less sun exposure. This can effect your serotonin levels, which is a hormone responsible for mood elevation. Consult your physician in regards to Vitamin D supplementation. Keep in mind that Vitamin D rich foods may not be enough to combat a true deficiency.

Psychologically the winter tends to be depressing. With shorter bouts of daylight and limited options for activity, we tend to fall out of our daily exercise or activity regimen. Do not let the winter blues get in the way of your health and fitness goals. Get creative and get moving! Find a local health club and feed off the energy of other motivated individuals just like you.

Wishing you all a winter filled with motivation and movement. Spring is almost here!


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