It isn’t always jogging weather in Nebraska, and that makes it hard to stay active during the cold season. So, for the month of February, we’re challenging you to BE ACTIVE, even if the weather makes you want to wrap up in a blanket and lie on the couch. To help you with the challenge, here are a few ideas:
1. Face the Elements
You’ve seen them out there. You’ve called them crazy. You’ve pointed and laughed. You’ve watched in awe as those determined joggers faced the elements and got their morning run on, even though it was below freezing outside. Why not jog a mile in their shoes? See what it’s really like. Once you get past the first few blocks, the cold melts away and it’s nothing but fat-burning sweat. It gets hot out there! Even when it’s -2.
If you’re brave enough to take on Old Man Winter, then this is the option for you. Gear up and head out. But be sure to check the weather and dress accordingly. You can always take layers off if you get hot, but you don’t want to get stranded with nothing more than gym shorts and a T-shirt.
2. Indoor Gyms
Buffalo County is loaded with gyms and activity centers to help you BE ACTIVE. View our list of them here. You can opt for a winter pass to hold you off during the cold months, or get a pass for the whole year. Remember: it isn’t just the cold that keeps people from exercising. On those 109 degree days it’s nice to have an indoor option, too!
3. Home Workout
There’s no place like home, especially when you’re working out. You may not have the fancy equipment the big gyms have, but with a modest investment (or with some creativity) you can make a space in your home to pack in 30 minutes a day. My gym consists of an Indo Board, a few yoga dvds, and some 15 lb hand weights. It wouldn’t work for Arnold Schwarzenegger, but it’s perfect for me. Throw in some push-ups and sit-ups and maybe I’ll catch Arnold one of these days . . .
4. Work Out in the Morning
It may sound like crazy talk, but people who set up a morning workout routine are more likely to stick to it. In my experience, working out in the morning makes me feel better and more energized throughout the day. As an added bonus, maybe it will still be too dark to see all the snow outside. So, get up a little earlier and get a short workout in before work. You’ll feel better throughout the day and have a better chance of staying healthy for life.
5. Find a Workout Partner
On those cold days when you just can’t get motivated to do anything, it helps to have someone to push you along. Having a workout partner is a proven way to keep up your exercise habits. Not only will they challenge you to keep it going, they’ll make working out more fun and social.
If you’re having a hard time finding a workout partner, the LiveWell Challenge is an awesome way to keep you focused on staying fit. For $30, you get access to diet, calorie, and activity tracking, motivational challenges, recipes and more. Plus, you get a free t-shirt! Join your fellow Nebraskans by signing up here. You can register as an individual or recruit your family and friends to make a team. Either way, the challenges will help you live well and BE ACTIVE!
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How do you stay active when it’s too cold to move outside? Share your tips, photos, and videos with us for a chance to win a YMCA Family Guest Pass, courtesy of the Kearney Family YMCA!