Brrr… It’s freezing!  Who wants to roll out of their comfy, warm bed when it’s so cold, dark, and gloomy outside?  I know I sure don’t!  I would much rather hibernate at home and be a couch potato, lounging around in my pajamas, sipping a cup of hot chocolate and munching on my favorite comfort foods.  It’s easy to make excuses, but we can’t hibernate all winter long, otherwise we’ll pack on those unwanted pounds, and nobody wants that!

Trying to stay active and motivated during the winter months can be extremely challenging.  We all know that exercise does wonders for us both physically and mentally.  Exercise is vital to our health and well being.  While experts recommend at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity on most days, how do you motivate yourself, especially when the temperature plummets?  The key is finding something you love to do.  Easy enough right?  If you enjoy a particular activity/sport, you will have better success for the long haul versus something you “have” to do which tends to be a “chore”, and the end result is disappointment.  The right motivation for yourself is important, whether you are seeking to shed pounds, prevent disease, or improve your overall quality of life. These activities will motivate you to come out of hibernation while spending quality time and making memories with your loved ones!

Outdoor

Sledding: This is something you can do with your children, and the trek up the hill with your saucer will definitely get your heart pumping.

Skiing or Snowboarding: Take the entire family to Lake Tahoe. Get season passes so you know you will have multiple opportunities to re-energize over the season.

Ice Skating: Great for toning those muscles on your legs; both hamstrings/quads, as well as burning calories.

Indoor

Rock climbing: Many gyms now offer rock climbing, and it’s excellent for conditioning core and upper body strength.

Swimming: The perfect all around sport that tones your entire body and enhances your cardiovascular system.

Yoga: Stay fit by engaging in some light yoga. Reduce your stress and tension and improve muscle tone, flexibility, and your overall strength and well-being.

By Lillian Lee. Lillian Lee is the local franchise owner for Baby Boot Camp, serving families in Alamo, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton and San Ramon, certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Contact lillian.lee@babybootcamp.com or call 925-353-6193 for more info, or visit www.babybootcamp.com.