Staying Fit In The Winter

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While we ladies of Do Epic Runs are fortunate enough to live in Southern California (also known as perpetually 72 degrees and sunny), we realize that most of you are dealing with freezing temperatures, snow, ice and polar vortex craziness. When it is cold and dreary and awful outside, it’s easy to justify skipping the gym and staying snuggled up by the fire. And sometimes, getting to the gym simply isn’t possible (NO workout is worth driving in 2 feet of snow, thankyouverymuch). So how do we stay fit in the winter months and make sure we are beach ready when the temperatures (finally) start to rise?

 

Invest in Home Workout Equipment

No one said you have to actually go to the gym to get a workout – bring the gym to you! You’d be surprised how much you can get accomplished from the comfort of your own home. While it is possible to get a total body workout using only your body weight, investing in some equipment can go a long way in maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts. There are literally a million different types of equipment you can buy, but here are some basics to get you started:

Dumbbells

Yoga Mat

Resistance Bands

Pull Up Bar

If you have extra cash, it’s also fantastic to have some cardio equipment for at home, like a treadmillor a stationary bike. I just got a bike and I LOVE it – I ride while I hang out with my boyfriend, Netflix (…maybe you guys have met?) Killing two birds with one stone FTW!

 

Make The Weather Work for your Workout

So maybe a snowstorm just hit and you can’t drive your car. Make that inclement weather work for you! Go cross country skiing. Find a big hill and climb it, then sled all the way down.  Shovel your driveway. Run around your backyard and have a snowball fight. GET CREATIVE!

 

Find a Workout Online

I love workout DVD’s, but doing the same workout over and over can get a little boring. Turn to the interwebz – there are so many awesome workout programs that are either free (thanks YouTube!) or super low cost. I just joined Daily Burn and I’m loving it – there’s a ton of different workouts in there, from yoga to cardio dance to abs. They have a 30 day free trial, but its totally worth the 10 bucks a month.

 

These are just a few tips for staying fit in the winter. What about you epic runners? What are you doing to keep your workouts going during this particularly rough winter?

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