Too cold and dark to exercise outside? Here some tips on how to motivate yourself!  

For many of us, the winter is a time when we find it hard to keep up our fitness routine. If you don’t go to the gym and struggle to exercise in the cold and dark weather you probably aren’t exercising at all. However, there are many ways to stay in shape all winter round. Generali Vitality shows you how:

1) Spend time outside: most of the time we spend the winter months indoors and hardly step outside. Our body needs vitamin D and fresh winter air, this helps to fight depression and low blood pressure. You don’t need to run but why not go hiking in the forests or the mountains on the weekend? Spending as little as 20 minutes outside will already make you feel in better shape.

2) Try running in the cold: it may feel too cold first but if you have the right winter gear, a thick jacket, and the right water-resistant shoes, then you might not feel the cold at all. Running warms you up quickly and in theory you should add 15 degrees to the outside temperate to estimate your actual running temperature. Dressing in layers is essential and will make it much easier for you to keep up your running routine in the cold months.

3) Go for winter sports: skiing, ice skating, snowboarding and Nordic hiking just to mention a few are outdoor activities that aren’t only a lot of fun but excellent to keep fit. You spend hours on the slopes and will be working out all your muscles the whole day. Another thing to love about skiing and snowboarding is the crystal-clear winter air, the blue sky, and the beautiful nature - a great way to escape the stress of your daily life.

4) Stay active indoors: if you aren’t a gym member yet maybe now’s the time to join: regular gym visits during the cold months will keep you healthy and active. And you won’t have to worry about not getting in shape to look best in your swimsuit this summer. Alternatively, there are so many great smartphone apps that offer guided workouts when you’re stuck indoors.

Don’t let the cold weather keep you from staying active. Stay motivated and start the new year with the best of intentions!