Fitness Together Studios Got You–No Matter the Weather
Jan 29, 2024
Winter weather is finally here to stay, and at a Fitness Together® studio, the personal trainers are on your team through every step of your fitness journey. No matter what mother nature throws at you, a Fitness Together team is with you to help you feel your best. If you’re having a tough time staying active during the winter months, you’re not alone. American adults are 31% less active during the winter months.
Leading a less active lifestyle over winter doesn’t just set back your fitness journey–it can affect your mental health as well. Studies show that exercise can help to alleviate anxiety and depression, and can help to relieve symptoms of certain mental health conditions, including ADHD.
Thankfully, snow, sleet, and ice don’t have to stop you from working toward becoming your healthiest self. Whether you’re joining your local Fitness Together studio or you’re working to find ways to get your sweat on at home, we’ve got you covered. Here, we’ll take a look at how you can stay fit when it’s too cold to venture outdoors.
When the winter chill sets in, it’s normal to feel tired, stiff, and deal with more aches and pains than you feel in the summer. Thankfully, yoga can help–and you can move through daily flows in your own living room. Yoga offers a number of health benefits, including boosting heart health, relieving chronic pain, easing arthritis symptoms, and lowering stress levels.
Yoga is accessible to all ages and fitness levels, and it doesn’t matter where you’re starting–it just matters that you give it a try. While venturing out to your local yoga studio is always an option, you can also get a great yoga workout at home with YouTube channels like Yoga with Adriene and Yoga with Kassandra. Choosing a practice that fits your skill level is key for getting the maximum benefit out of your practice.
You don’t need anything to get started with your yoga practice. If you have a mat, that’s fantastic, but it’s not necessary to get moving. As you begin to dive into your practice, you may find that some equipment helps you get even more out of each pose. Blocks, straps, blankets, and bolsters can all support your practice, but there’s nothing wrong with using only your body to flow through each vinyasa.
Yoga is all about the process. If you can’t move into some poses, that’s ok! Modify, do your best, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly your body begins to bend. A little can go a long way when it comes to practicing yoga–adding an easy 15 minutes to your morning routine can help you feel relaxed and more comfortable all day long.
There’s something magical about watching the snow fall while you heat up in an indoor pool. If you have a local YMCA or community center, hitting up the lap pool on chilly winter days can be a wonderful way to challenge your body in a new way.
If you’re not a strong swimmer (yet) no worries–often, indoor pools provide kickboards and other helpful devices that can help you make the most of your workout. Checking out a water aerobics class can also provide a fun, new challenge.
If you’re not a member of your local community center and aren’t sure whether it’s the right fit for you, reach out to the staff to ask about obtaining a day pass. Many people who are used to outdoor cardio, like walking or running, find that swimming offers a brand-new challenge.
Try a Fitness Class
Checking out a local fitness class can be a fun option that allows you to get a new workout in and make new friends. You’ll be able to find a wide variety of options, from challenging high intensity interval training (HIIT) classes to fun dance-based workouts.
If you feel intimidated at the idea of joining a workout class, you’re not alone! It can be scary to try something new, and it can help to remember that everyone in the class was a beginner at one time. You may feel more comfortable if you arrive to class a few minutes early to meet the instructor, talk about what you can expect during your workout, and set up any equipment that you’ll need during the class.
Get Started with a Personal Trainer
If you haven’t worked with a Fitness Togetherpersonal trainer yet, they’re excited to get to know you! At Fitness Together studios, certified personal trainers work with clients in a judgment-free, high-support environment that allows you to thrive.
Having a knowledgeable, caring, supportive personal trainer in your corner can make a difference in your fitness–and your confidence. No matter what your fitness level or goals, a team is there to work with you and develop a personalized plan that will take you where you want to be.
Whether you’re looking for accountability, aren’t sure how to take your fitness to the next level, or are ready to start incorporating exercise into your life for the first time, you are covered.
Make the Most of Your Fitness Tracker
If you have a fitness tracker like an Apple Watch® or a FitBit®, joining or creating challenges can help keep you moving–even when you’re only moving indoors. Research shows that when people use a fitness tracker, they tend to move for an additional 40 minutes each day.
Many fitness tracking apps offer daily, weekly, and monthly challenges that can help keep you motivated to get your steps up. Even when the challenges are just for fun (without a prize attached) seeing where you stand against others in your challenge can give you the competitive spirit that you need to boost your activity level.
Make Fitness a Family Affair
Getting others in your household involved in getting healthy can help all of you feel your best over the winter. Certain video games–like Wii Fit® and Just Dance®–provide a fun way to bond as a family and get your sweat on.
Setting up a regular family activity time–for example, Saturday afternoons–can help remind you and your loved ones to keep your calendars clear. When you want to get out of the house, hitting up activities that are kid-friendly (like roller skating, ice skating, and even indoor trampoline parks) can help you and your little ones burn some energy, without anyone realizing they’re getting a great workout in.
Fitness Together Studios Are Here for You Year-Round
Whether you’ve been training with a Fitness Together studio for a while or you’re just beginning to think about working with a personal trainer, your local studio is excited to cheer you on and support you as you work toward achieving your fitness goals. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t worked out in years or if you have no idea where to start–that’s what the personal trainers are here for! Reach out to your local Fitness Together studio today to connect with one of their personal trainers and get the support you need to feel your best.