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Get Your Good Going…Winter Edition {Giveaway}

I love warm weather and sunshine which I am sure you have probably figured out by how much I complain about the winter months being cold and dark. I would much rather run in the heat of a 90 degree day than bundle up and deal with frozen fingers and toes when it’s 30 degrees out. I find it so much easier for me to motivate myself to get out of the door when the weather is nice. I will put off a cold weather run for hours, especially if you add in darkness too. Suddenly, cleaning out closets becomes much more appealing than running. (True story…happened last night!)

Blue Diamond’s latest campaign is centered around “Get Your Good Going.” Recently, they sent me quite a selection of almonds and almond-based snacks along with the question, “How do you get your good going when the weather gets chillier and the days get shorter?” Thus the reason for the rant above. And I know that those of you who live in climates where sub-zero and snow are the norm face much worse but keep in mind that I was raised in south Georgia. πŸ˜‰ Okay, let me actually answer the question as I have several strategies for getting my good going and avoiding the winter workout blues.

More yoga. You all know how much I love hot yoga and I love it even more when it’s cold outside. There’s nothing like unrolling my mat, settling in next to the heaters and feeling the heat radiate through me. Yoga is alwaysΒ therapeuticΒ for me but it’s extra transformational when it literally warms my soul.

Hitting the treadmill. I am almost as big of a baby about running on the treadmill as I am about running outside when it’s dark and cold. That said, I have learned to appreciate the treadmill during the winter months. Especially when it helps me avoid less than ideal conditions or running alone at night.

Gym workouts. I workout indoors more during the winter (as I am sure most of you do). I often design my own strength circuit but I also like to do CrossFit because it’s such a good mix of cardio and strength so I don’t miss the cardio that comes with running outside.

Suck it up. When all else fails, I bundle up, throw on my reflective vest and hit the road. I have to remind myself that 99.9% of the time I won’t regret getting my workout done. They really do get my good going and help me stress less and feel better.

Healthy pre- and post-workout snacks definitely help motivate me to get going too.Β A huge thank you to Blue Diamond for sending me so many delicious flavors of almonds to try. The Toasted Coconut and Rosemary & Black Pepper have been favorites.

And I absolutely love the packaging for Blue Diamond’s portable snacking almonds. I have been carrying these things around with me everywhere. It features a flip top for easy pouring and ounce markers so you can control your portion sizes. Almonds are a great snack option for me for a couple of reasons. They are nutritionallyΒ sound – aΒ handful of almonds contains high amounts of protein, fiber, monounsaturated fat, vitamin E and calcium. Almonds actually have the highest amount of protein per ounce of any nut. I also like that I can eat a handful and be satisfied without feeling overly full.

Blue Diamond is going to give three PBR readers a can of Toasted Coconut and Rosemary & Black Pepper Almonds. These are specialty flavors and only available in Target stores so you don’t want to miss out on entering! To enter, leave a comment telling me whatΒ your strategy is for getting your good going when the days are colder and shorter? Do your workouts change? How do you beat the winter workoutΒ blahs?Β 

The fine print…
– Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.Β 
– One entry per person.Β 
– Winners will be chosen at random. Giveaway closes on Friday, January 11 at midnight. Winners will be notified via e-mail by Monday, January 14.Β 
– FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond.Β 

{ 268 comments… add one }
  • Sorayya January 7, 2013, 8:02 pm

    I totally feel you on the winter workouts. I opt for yoga classes and lots of vlog workout videos. Hey…who says you can’t workout in a studio apartment?!

  • Sarah January 7, 2013, 8:06 pm

    Do you have any suggestions for prenatal yoga videos? I am 21 weeks pregnant and as running gets more difficult, I am looking for another way to work out on days that I just can’t run.

  • Kathleen January 7, 2013, 8:07 pm

    I try to work out with other people in the winter to keep me accountable! I’m also a cyclist, so good winter gear is needed too!

  • Lily January 7, 2013, 8:08 pm

    I love doing yoga! It’s a super versatile activity and heats you up!

  • April January 7, 2013, 8:08 pm

    I have just began Yoga and being inside is a great winter workout. I do have to change up what I do to keep me motivated. Exercising is always more motivating when you find a friend to do it with.

  • Mollie K January 7, 2013, 8:08 pm

    I definitely workout more indoors-I stick to a schedule of a mix of group classes, heavy weights, and HIIT…I also bundle up in layers driving to the gym so then I am extra toasty once I am there πŸ™‚

  • Autumn January 7, 2013, 8:09 pm

    I force myself to leave the house…every day…no matter what…

  • Lizzie Sclafani January 7, 2013, 8:10 pm

    For me the only solution to a cold day, is a hot yoga class! I completely agree with you Jen, nothing is more inviting than unrolling your mat and getting a good sweat on. I tend to run much less, or barely at all during the winter. It is just SO cold and I would much rather go to a class than freeze my butt off outside. The only way I beat the “workout blahs” in the winter, is knowing that I will feel much happier I worked out afterwards. That satisfaction justifies all these sweet treats the holidays provided!

  • Michelle January 7, 2013, 8:13 pm

    The past 2 weeks, it’s been in the single digits here. It hurts to breath out there let alone exercise outside, so I end up going to the gym for my workouts. I’m like you, I do not like being cold, but you gotta do what you have to do πŸ™‚

  • Rachel F January 7, 2013, 8:16 pm

    I focus on strength. Yeah, the adrenaline rush of running is amazing, but feeling strong feels great too.

  • Michelle January 7, 2013, 8:18 pm

    I’m totally with you on the feeling, but I live in Upstate NY where it is downright freezing for months on end!! So, I play a game called “more miles than degrees.” The title is self-explanatory…that, and good running clothes to stay warm!! πŸ™‚

  • Caitlin F. January 7, 2013, 8:21 pm

    Nothing sounds better than taking a hot yoga class when it’s freezing cold outside. πŸ™‚

  • Jackie January 7, 2013, 8:21 pm

    I loathe running on the treadmill so I’ve invested in some warm clothes for running outdoors, I bundle up and head outside. At times I find I may run a bit faster a) because its cold and I want to get going and b) it gets darker earlier as you know

    Those flavors sound yummy!

  • Allison S. January 7, 2013, 8:23 pm

    I try to make new playlists a few times each week so that I have great music to run to. I’ll buy a new work out top once a month, and Jergens Natural Glow gives me a little bit of color to combat the winter pale skin!

  • Elaina January 7, 2013, 8:25 pm

    I move my workouts in doors. I am a baby when it comes to cold weather & have no reason to be out in it. With that being said, I need to get back running as I have signed up for 2 5ks this spring/summer so it will be a mix of treadmill & outdoors (on the sunny days only!).

  • Jessica January 7, 2013, 8:26 pm

    Being a new mom, I’ve had a hard time finding time to myself to exercise, be it cold or not! I’ve found that waking up before the rest of the house does and doing a workout video in the warmth of my living room makes me feel great and ready to tackle my day!

  • She Rocks Fitness January 7, 2013, 8:26 pm

    We are way too similar, so much so that I was actually laughing while reading this! I would run in the heat and humidity to avoid running on a cold day. This year though I am trying to embrace winter, bundle up, and just do those outdoor runs. I can’t do long runs on the treadmill, so I’m sucking it up and just doing it. It’s always worth it though when I make it back into my warm apartment! πŸ˜‰

  • Amanda January 7, 2013, 8:26 pm

    This winter I’m taking my workouts inside and focusing on strength and hot yoga so I can stay warm. But I have to admit that I actually enjoy a good winter run every now and then.

  • Olivia January 7, 2013, 8:26 pm

    I run outside and motivate myself with great playlists and buying warm tights and fuzzy running jackets and gloves. It works!

  • Lili January 7, 2013, 8:26 pm

    BodyPump with friends. It’s so much fun to workout with my best friends and both challenge and encourage one another. I’d never miss it no matter what it looks or feels like outside:).

  • Tonia January 7, 2013, 8:30 pm

    I focus more on group fitness classes as well as running on the treadmill and using the machines at the gym. I tend to have less energy in the winter (I think it’s because of that lack of sun) so I take every opportunity to take walks outside when its sunny…I just need to bundle up!

  • Holly January 7, 2013, 8:30 pm

    I agree with you, hot yoga in the winter is the best!

  • tiffany January 7, 2013, 8:32 pm

    the key for me is changing into my workout clothes. when i’m in sweats, it’s so much harder to get excited about working out!

  • Diana January 7, 2013, 8:34 pm

    I’ve actually been thinking a lot about this topic recently, as I live in Philly and it’s starting to get cold enough out that I’m losing my motivation to walk all the way to the gym in the cold! I’ve started doing more workouts at home (and also dancing around my room…does that count as a workout?), and it’s a great way to warm up after being outside in the cold for too long, and it leaves me feeling so much more energized and happy!

  • Sara January 7, 2013, 8:34 pm

    I don’t like to run inside, so I wear lots of warm layers for my run this time of year. My dogs are also a big motivator. They don’t care about the weather; they just want to run!

  • Emma January 7, 2013, 8:38 pm

    I get my “good” going but sucking it up, throwin on my fav Lululemon ear warmer headband and head out the door! Usually the colder I am, the more eager I am to run longer and faster πŸ™‚

  • Michelle January 7, 2013, 8:39 pm

    I don’t like the cold either so I do more of my runs on the treadmill and continue to take all the group fitness classes I love (Bodypump/attack/step). I live in Atlanta though so I can’t complain too much, it doesn’t stay cold here long!

  • liz January 7, 2013, 8:40 pm

    I try to keep up with CrossFit workouts in the winter since they’re mostly indoors. I’m a wuss so I avoid running/working out outdoors when it’s cold out at nearly all costs. πŸ™‚

  • Katie January 7, 2013, 8:45 pm

    More rowing than running in CrossFit in the winter. I am such a baby when it gets cold!

  • Claire January 7, 2013, 8:46 pm

    I’ve been on a hot yoga binge as well, but I also just started doing Indo-Row classes, which are a fun way to insert rowing into my fitness regimen. Like you, rowing is my cardio nemesis, but doing it in a group setting makes it more tolerable.

  • Karen January 7, 2013, 8:47 pm

    I can handle the cold, or the dark, or the wind…but not together. Any combination of the three sends me to the treadmill. Every winter, I vow, this winter I will get buff arms….but it never happens. I just love to run.

  • Hannah January 7, 2013, 8:48 pm

    I am the same way with running out side.. such a baby
    my strategies to get going, packing stuff and going right after work, running with a friend,.. switching things up, going on walks!

  • Rebecca January 7, 2013, 8:48 pm

    I keep my workouts the same since I workout at home. But I still have layers on and take them off as I warm-up. So I know if Im cold I should just start working out and I will feel better!

  • Megan January 7, 2013, 8:54 pm

    I’ve had this problem in past winters, so this year I signed up for a half marathon in March. Having that future race/milestone motivates me to get up an run even when I’d rather stay in my warm bed. I no I’ll regret it if I don’t finish that race.

  • Paige @ The Balancing Act January 7, 2013, 9:02 pm

    Most of my workouts tend to be inside anyway (swimming, spinning, lifting, yoga, Pilates), so winter doesn’t have too much of an effect; I do notice, though, that I have a lot harder time motivating myself to swim. Even though the pool area is nice and toasty, just the thought of being wet makes me cold. I usually just have to suck it up!!!

  • caitlin January 7, 2013, 9:03 pm

    I must say that I am actually quite a fan of the treadmill. I am the opposite of you
    When it comes to temperature: I don’t mind bundeling up for the cold,
    While heat makes me feel like I’m going to pass out. I guess that is what growing up in Massachusetts
    Will do to ‘ya

  • Courtney D. January 7, 2013, 9:04 pm

    My workouts definitely change during the winter. I spend more time practicing yoga and less time running outside. I just tell myself to do it- whether it be yoga or running.

  • Sarah Ann January 7, 2013, 9:06 pm

    Layers, layers, layers! Our CF box is freezing so I start out all bundled up and shed a few layers during the WOD.

  • Kamaile January 7, 2013, 9:07 pm

    I love running outside and have gotten used to the cold but it’s taken years of running outside exclusively (no gym membership) and doing outdoor boot camp for the past 4 months. I just bundle up and know that I have coffee waiting when I get home!

  • megan January 7, 2013, 9:07 pm

    I layer up with colorful workout gear and run faster to warm up faster!

  • Bailey January 7, 2013, 9:09 pm

    BUNDLE up! Also, thinking about how great I feel post-workout.

  • JennyV January 7, 2013, 9:11 pm

    No longer able to run comfortably and safely outside (icy and cold in Iowa!) so I’m doing more CF and just started hot barre classes.

  • Natalie Pyle January 7, 2013, 9:12 pm

    I just bundle up and head out before I think too much about it. During the winters, I usually run a bit later as well as Cross-train more by incorporating the elliptical. πŸ™‚

  • Ashley January 7, 2013, 9:18 pm

    I definitely gravitate towards more yoga in the winter months, especially hot classes! I take advantage of the milder days and bundle up to head out for a run. I also love taking classes like Body Pump or Body Attack!

  • Madison @ Pilates Makes You Happy January 7, 2013, 9:18 pm

    I get my good going – by forcing myself to get going! When I make myself exercise (even outside!) I feel SO much better and the winter blues are gone! (well…almost.)

  • Courtney January 7, 2013, 9:22 pm

    I take indoor fitness classes; I especially love spinning. I also get up early and go to the gym before work, otherwise I would just want to come home and snuggle under a blanket!

  • Marie D January 7, 2013, 9:24 pm

    I work out in the morning, that way when 5pm rolls around and it’s dark outside I can happily turn home or head out with friends knowing my work out is done. Plus, I feel so much more energized tackling the work day after a good work out not vice versa.

  • Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate January 7, 2013, 9:31 pm

    I always try to get my workout in, or at least get moving, earlier in the day before the temperatures get too low!

  • Julia January 7, 2013, 9:31 pm

    Hot yoga!, hot tea (I drink it constantly throughout the day), homemade soups, cooking Williams Sonoma mulling spices on my stove,and drinking red wine! Oh, and the fact that I recently relocated to California from freezing cold Chicago doesn’t hurt either πŸ™‚

  • Laura January 7, 2013, 9:33 pm

    I’ve been fortunate enough that my work allows me to be a little flexible with my lunch hour. I tend to try and do some outdoor runs then (because I hate the treadmill!!!) when it’s warmer and lighter out. I’m looking forward to the longer days when the sun rises earlier and sets later but until then, it’s a lunch time workout for me!

  • Kerry @ Totes My Oats January 7, 2013, 9:39 pm

    I remind myself of the feeling I get after a workout to get me going!

  • kaila@ healthy helper blog! January 7, 2013, 9:39 pm

    Exercising in the winter is tough for me too! I hate being out in the cold! But I just remind myself how quickly I will warm up once I get moving and how good I’ll feel afterwards! πŸ™‚ Hope I win!

  • Erin January 7, 2013, 9:46 pm

    I actually love running outside in the winter. I have a hard time getting out the door but once I am out I’m good to go. My biggest winter issue is getting out of bed for morning workout. Who wants to leave their covers when it’s cold. I have to keep reminding myself that it will be worth it.

  • Amelia January 7, 2013, 9:47 pm

    I usually text a friend for a push of motivation (or that said friend texts me, like today). I also think about how great I feel when I finish my workout. An hour fly’s by before you know it and you’re done! πŸ™‚

  • Amanda D. January 7, 2013, 9:48 pm

    I take my workout indoors. I do workout videos. I’ve started doing insanity again. I have the problem of not doing my run if I try to save it for in the afternoon when it’s warmer.

  • Erin January 7, 2013, 9:49 pm

    I bundle up like crazy and just tough it out. This is especially hard having just been transplanted from Georgia to Pennsylvania, but I’ve actually found I don’t mind running in the cold when I’ve got enough layers on (I’ve even been too hot in 30 degree weather!). Plus I try to go during daylight hours; that way, I’m sure to get some sun even on the short days.

  • kathryn sheehy January 7, 2013, 9:51 pm

    Signing up for a half marathon forces me to stay consistent with my running workouts. Also, anticipating summer inspires to kick my butt back into awesome shape.

  • Cellabella January 7, 2013, 9:58 pm

    I get out my warm workout clothes the night before and leave them by my bed so they’re fast and easy to put on. One less excuse for not getting up and outside!

  • Jordan D January 7, 2013, 10:02 pm

    Cold weather really gets me down, so I rely on yoga and fun group classes like zumba to keep me happy and active.

  • RAY January 7, 2013, 10:08 pm

    I take advantage of run clubs to push me through the chilly runs!

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  • Amanda January 7, 2013, 10:26 pm

    My work is extra busy in the winter, which makes it even harder to “get my good on.” Because my work week is so hectic, I take Saturdays as an opportunity to bond with my dog and go for a run with him! It’s motivating to see him so happy to be outside!

  • Ashlee January 7, 2013, 10:30 pm

    I keep my routine! If you are used to working out at a certain time every day, you barely notice the darkness!

  • Anne W. January 7, 2013, 10:32 pm

    Winter in Minnesota sucks, but I just layer and bundle up for my runs. I want some Yak Trax for the ice, though.

  • Colleen B. January 7, 2013, 10:34 pm

    This problem seems to get harder and harder for me every year, especially since I don’t have a care and usually walk/take public transportation to my gym or studio, which requires bundling up.

    This year I had a new solution – I joined the gym that’s less than 1 block from my home. It’s a little more expensive than I’d like to pay, but worth it if it keeps me in shape and less than depressed about the weather πŸ™‚

  • AJ January 7, 2013, 10:36 pm

    I love winter workouts – I’m perpetually cold, so a workout is the only way for me to warm up! I usually stick with indoor workouts, and bundle up on my way in & out of the gym.

  • Jen January 7, 2013, 10:48 pm

    I tell myself that ill feel a lot worse moping around the house than I will dealing with some old toes. Plus I love coming in after a cold run and taking a hot shower, drinking tea, and feeling hard core!

  • Joanna January 7, 2013, 10:53 pm

    I actually like running in the cold more than in the heat! A nice chilly day will encourage me to put my sneakers on πŸ™‚

  • Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement January 7, 2013, 10:55 pm

    I have to work out in the AM to make sure it happens. At the end of the workday (4ish), it’s already getting dark and all I want to do is be in the kitchen with a glass of wine.

    Thank God my building has a gym because Chicago is KILLER in the winter.

  • Lauren January 7, 2013, 10:57 pm

    Spin class!

  • Kim January 7, 2013, 11:01 pm

    I usually guilt my boyfriend unto running with me so I don’t have to run alone at night.

  • Jen January 7, 2013, 11:03 pm

    In the winter my treadmill is absolutely my best friend! I don’t even have to leave the house to get a good workout in!

  • Christie January 7, 2013, 11:13 pm

    I “get the good going” with CrossFit and indoor track runs. I am not a happy camper in cold weather either, so indoor workouts give me the most b a n g for my buck!

  • Lauren S January 7, 2013, 11:16 pm

    My husband & I get our good going by motivating each other to begin our day with a trip to the gym. Neither he nor I want to be the one to make an excuse to hit the snooze button!

  • Dory January 7, 2013, 11:21 pm

    Hot yoga all the way! There’s nothing like walking in on the warm floor when my toesies are really cold!

  • Katie M January 7, 2013, 11:23 pm

    When the days are dreary, I either head to a hot yoga class (the warmth is so luxurious!) OR I put on my brightest clothes and funky knee socks and make myself go for a run. I figure that by dressing somewhat BRIGHTLY, I can make myself laugh at myself and I might make a few others smile too.

  • Ally January 7, 2013, 11:34 pm

    When it gets cold and dark I definitely do more yoga to get my internal heat going! I hate, hate, hate running on a treadmill; I just can’t do it – I bundle up and run outside. I also climb at an indoor rock gym when it’s cold. Not very aerobic, but definitely good strength training.

  • *Andrea* January 7, 2013, 11:49 pm

    I focus on ways to make my body feel GOOD and cozy/warm…mostly gentle or hatha yoga πŸ™‚

  • Alexandra January 8, 2013, 12:11 am

    I take hot yoga classes or spin classes with friends in the winter! It keeps me motivated even when its freezing outside!

  • Jenny January 8, 2013, 12:14 am

    the prospect of piping hot coffee or latte at the end of the workout! or sometimes laying my workout clothes out near my apartment heater before a run πŸ˜€

  • Kerry January 8, 2013, 12:16 am

    I usually swim, so I motivate myself to strip down and get in the cold water by thinking about the wonderfully hot shower I get to take as soon as I get out of the water.

  • CL January 8, 2013, 12:31 am

    When it’s cold out: I wear gloves! My hands are ALWAYS cold, even if the rest of me isn’t, and it drives me bonkers and distracts me because I find myself focusing on how uncomfortably cold my hands are πŸ™‚ so now I wear gloves nearly all the time when it’s cold out, even while exercising! I also layer a lot on the way to the gym. I can’t stand showing up with cold muscles, so I’ll wear my workout leggings underneath regular sweatpants

  • Heather @ girlyeverafter January 8, 2013, 5:36 am

    I take more classes in the winter months and try to get a friend to join me so I have more motivation to leave the couch. Hot yoga classes are my favorite because I get a great sweat and never have to step outside!

  • Mary Ann January 8, 2013, 5:41 am

    Living in the Midwest forces me to embrace the cold so I either suck-it-up and go outside or hit the treadmill. But I’ve also learned to love what the cold weather brings…beautiful snow on the ground, frost clinging to the trees and visible snow tracks of all the fauna adapting to the cold themselves. I’ve taken up cross-country skiing to get in a good workout and to enjoy what can be a blessing of this winter season.

  • gm @ gmruns.com January 8, 2013, 6:03 am

    I agree with taking workouts inside. CrossFit has been helping me stay interested! And sucking it up to run outside. Getting out there is definitely not easy but once I am outside, bundled and sweating there is nothing that beats that cold, crisp air!

  • Lisa January 8, 2013, 6:24 am

    Luckingly the guys on my team will help me when my motivation wanes. Last night we ran in the cold and dark.

  • Emily January 8, 2013, 7:10 am

    I try to bundle up as much as possible!

  • Libby January 8, 2013, 7:20 am

    I take more yoga classes and spend more time lifting weights, although I continue to keep up my running as running in the winter can often be quite adventurous in Michigan.

  • Tracy January 8, 2013, 7:58 am

    I like to do more videos during the winter months since being cold is one of my least favorite things. Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels and the Insanity workouts get me through until Spring.

  • Michelle January 8, 2013, 7:59 am

    I love running outside in the winter. I live in Cleveland, Ohio so my winter runs are done in weather around 10 degrees. Colder weather makes you fun faster:)

  • Maggie January 8, 2013, 8:00 am

    I add in more group fitness classes – knowing my friends will be there in class motivates me and makes the time pass quickly!

  • Sarah January 8, 2013, 8:02 am

    I have been doing 5:30am workouts – to beat the chill that early in the morning during the winter my husband cranks the car for me so it’s nice and toasty on my drive to the gym!

  • Holly January 8, 2013, 8:06 am

    I’ve been doing more workouts at home using DVDs. Also just planning the workout helps. Knowing that it’s an appointment for the day, just like going to the dentist or doctor. You can’t and won’t miss it.

  • Kelly January 8, 2013, 8:26 am

    I set a race goal and grab a friend – always helps!

  • Erica January 8, 2013, 8:30 am

    I make sure that I get my run in early in the morning before work. With the shorter days, I know when I get home @ 7pm, there is no way that I will motivate and run. So, like this morning, I get up – head to Central Park, put in between 4-6 miles (depending on how early I need to be in the office) and then I have nothing to stress about the rest of the day πŸ™‚

  • Rachel T. January 8, 2013, 8:31 am

    I am a HUGE fan of hot yoga in the winter months…not so much in the summer, which is when I tend to migrate back to regular yoga classes. I also set a rule for myself on temperature…anything below 40 degrees and I make myself go to the gym and use the treadmill – otherwise I just bundle up and hit the pavement πŸ™‚ P.S. Blue Diamond Almonds are my absolutle favorite, I eat about a handful everyday at 10am for a snack!

  • Linda January 8, 2013, 8:32 am

    I so read this at the right time as I’m watching the Biggest Loser and putting off my morning run. I need some sunshine! I am completely the same….I have no problem running in 90 degrees and humidity, but the cold is tough! Fortunately, I have a running partner 2x a week, races on the calendar and all the other workouts are in the gym. ( That said, the Y is not my favorite place to go in January with all the newbies!!)

  • Christi January 8, 2013, 8:34 am

    It’s definitely hard! I make sure I have fun new clothes for running outside, or a good tv show to watch at the gym πŸ™‚

  • Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile January 8, 2013, 8:39 am

    I usually do most of my workouts indoors, but since I live in Florida, the winter is actually perfect running weather outside!

  • Lynn January 8, 2013, 8:41 am

    I’m a morning person so I make it the first thing I do, otherwise I will put it off all day long and be too exhausted. So wake up, bundle up and get going.

  • Jonna Green January 8, 2013, 8:51 am

    After having 3 kids, getting back in shape, and actually better shape than before kids, was a priority for me. I absolutely love the early mornings when I get up and go to Jazzercise or walk/jog on the treadmill or get in a great power walk outside. When my husband travels and I can’t get to an early morning class, the treadmill is a great friend! I never use his travel schedule as an excuse not to get up and work out and if it has to be at home, it is still great. The weather really doesn’t deter me from working out, if it’s way too cold (I’m live in MA) or slippery or snowy I have no excuse but to go in the basement and use the treadmill. I try and do something everyday, even if it’s just walking. It makes me feel so much better and stronger.

  • Michelle January 8, 2013, 8:54 am

    I actually like running in cooler weather if I’m dressed properly. I try to finish my workout as early in the day as possible. The sense of accomplishment sets me up for a good day.

  • Shashi January 8, 2013, 9:00 am

    Hello – First I must add, I came upon your blog through keepingupwithkatie.com and have loved reading – you are a true inspiration!
    I absolutely detest cold weather!!!! I do run ALOT more on the treadmill and try to listen to music while simultaneously watching a show on tv to keep boredom at bay. I also do alot more DVD workouts – a new one I have fallen in love with are the TapouT XT DVD’s which are a good blend of cardio and strength. I also fall back on P90X DVD Workouts during the cold winter months.
    There are times when a run outside is an absolute must to keep my sanity and on those times, I bundle and layer up and head on out. By the way, I have found that layering gloves keeps fingers toasty and my boyfriend got me some DeFeet socks that keep my feet toasty!
    Winter is already a month too long down here in Atlanta!

  • Natalie January 8, 2013, 9:06 am

    I also attend more yoga classes when it’s cold out. Which is often I live in buffalo

    I also use workout videos!

  • Stephanie January 8, 2013, 9:16 am

    I just stocked up on two of the big bags of Blue Diamond Almonds yesterday. My husband and I are always snacking on these, and he keeps one of the to-go containers in his car for snacking emergencies. Yes, there definitely is such a thing! πŸ™‚

    I’m the same as you – cold-weather workouts just aren’t my thing. However, I’m doing an outdoor boot camp on Saturday mornings right now and it tests more than just my physical abilities. When I’m done, I feel awesome! Not only have I gotten in a great workout, but I’ve overcome my dread of an early-morning, cold-weather workout.

    In general, though, I end up taking more classes at the Y when the weather’s cold, and I’m trying to add more weight lifting to my schedule. So maybe less running in the winter is for the best – it gives me the chance to branch out a little and work on other areas of my fitness.

    PS Those Rosemary & Black Pepper Almonds sound AMAZING. I will be looking for them (preferably in my mailbox!).


  • Jeffrey January 8, 2013, 9:16 am

    My workouts don’t change much, I actually like running in the cold weather especially since I’ve added some better attire to my running clothes drawer. Running early Sunday morning is the best, there is very little traffic which makes it feel so peaceful. One way to beat the blues is to sign up for some races, knowing you have to stay in shape to perform well is a great motivator!

  • Jenna January 8, 2013, 9:19 am

    Living in Chicago, the winters are harsh and its easy to talk yourself into hibernating inside until the temperatures rise to a tolerable level. I loathe running on the treadmill, so on days when its in the 30s or above, I bundle up and suck it up and run outside. When its too cold for running outdoors, I keep myself going with barre and pilates classes. And in an extra effort to get some more exercise in, I choose the stairs over the elevators at my office building.

  • Kristin January 8, 2013, 9:20 am

    Normally during cold weather I have to run on the treadmill, which I just can’t stand! Also I’ve started spinning, so that is a fun new workout!

  • Tracy January 8, 2013, 9:23 am

    Bikram yoga! I live in the Northeast and 105 degrees feels SO very good when it’s freezing outside. Also, bundling up and going for a nice long walk. Soaking in the sun and breathing the fresh crisp air is yummy.

  • Kacy Pleasants January 8, 2013, 9:23 am

    I am just like you…I hate the cold weather! I love going to hot yoga and getting the feeling back in my hands and feet! I also just tried Flywheel and really enjoyed that for a cardio workout! I’m not one to buck up and bear the elements, so I lookout for indoor workouts instead!

  • Meghan January 8, 2013, 9:25 am

    I try to do as many gym classes as possible. They are motivating and you are guaranteed a good workout.

  • Maggie January 8, 2013, 9:29 am

    Most of the time I write up a new workout and create a playlist. That way, I’m excited about trying out different exercises and I’ll be more motivated to listen to the entire playlist and finish my workout. I also check Groupon, LivingSocial and Google offers for workout deals near my house. That way, I can try something new that will keep me inspired throughout the winter months. If all else fails, I remind myself that it is truly a gift to be able to move and and exercise and I should make the most of each day that I am able to do so.

  • Alaina January 8, 2013, 9:29 am

    This year, I have been so sluggish when it gets cold. Last winter was great because it hardly snowed!

    I need to challenge myself more and do more workouts inside. And really, just suck it up! I know that I’ll feel better if I get in a good sweat. πŸ™‚

  • Marian January 8, 2013, 9:29 am

    I wear warm running outfits in bright colors!

  • Laura January 8, 2013, 9:33 am

    i definitely hit the gym, which is something i NEVER do during the summer. I tell myself I can catch up on the Today Show and try to zone out as much as possible. I also take breaks after each 3 miles, and think of my long runs as 3 mile increments instead of, say, 10 miles from the start. I love these almonds–the rosemary/black pepper ones are awesome!

  • Jacqueline January 8, 2013, 9:41 am

    I take as much inside or to the gym as possible!

  • Tabitha January 8, 2013, 9:46 am

    I switch from road biking to more mountain biking in the winter. It just seems warmer in the woods than on the road.

  • Kristen P. January 8, 2013, 9:47 am

    I definitely struggle with this same problem! But just like you, I try and suck it up on days I do run outside. While most of the time, I stick to fun circuit workouts at the gym so I don’t get bored and still get a great workout in!

  • Leah January 8, 2013, 9:52 am

    I hit the gym right after work. No stopping at home first or it’ll never happen!

  • Lynn January 8, 2013, 9:58 am

    I’ve been going to Spin once per week to substitute for one of my outdoor runs. Treadmill for my weekly speedwork, and ditto on the hot vinyasa- love! Perfect way to start the weekend with a Sat a.m. class.

  • Becca B January 8, 2013, 10:11 am

    I just suck it up and put on a ton of layers and run outside. I am marathon training and there is just no way I could even run 6 miles on a treadmill, let alone like 20. I do get in the gym during lunch to lift and do some biking or stairs though just to mix it up.

  • sasha January 8, 2013, 10:19 am

    I get myself to the gym by thinking about how good the shower will feel after I sweat. I hate showering without a workout first!

  • Lindsay h January 8, 2013, 10:45 am

    I put on some of my favorite dance songs while I get ready to workout to keep me motivated and get my blood pumpin!

  • Kelly January 8, 2013, 10:47 am

    I love doing hot yoga to warm me up and I usually take my runs inside for some interval training. Intervals are the only thing that keeps me motivated on the treadmill.

  • Emily January 8, 2013, 10:50 am

    I go to the gym RIGHT after work. If I put off my workout even for an hour, the chances of it happening are much slimmer!

  • Joy January 8, 2013, 10:52 am

    I work out a lot more indoors when the weather is cold and dark. I do more strength training and yoga and hope for warmer (above 35) days so I can get outside without freezing too much.

  • Katie January 8, 2013, 10:57 am

    I suck it up and get my workout over and done with the a.m. (usually p90x) so I can not venture anywhere in the cold once I’m home from work!

  • McRae January 8, 2013, 11:03 am

    I try to workout in the morning – I know that when I leave work and it’s dark and cold outside, it’ll be harder for me to make it to the gym. Plus, I love knowing I can go straight home, take a warm bath and lounge around because I’ve already gotten my workout in!

  • Pamela January 8, 2013, 11:07 am

    I’ve switched my workouts to the morning. I set my coffee pot to brew at 5:15am so that when my alarm goes off five minutes later the smell of the fresh coffee lures me out of bed. Once I’m up, my sense of routine kicks in and I’m off to the gym. Doing this has helped me stay on track with my workouts since it’s too easy to skip once I’m home from work and the house is so cozy and warm.

  • Katie January 8, 2013, 11:14 am

    I like to take more fitness classes when I need a boost of motivation! Especially in the winter time – loving body pump right now!

  • Kelly January 8, 2013, 11:17 am

    Signing up for a winter series of races (so cheap- only $25 for eight races!) has really kept me moving.

  • Emily January 8, 2013, 11:19 am

    Year-round you’ll find me in the gym. To each there own – that’s just where I find my motivation (group fitness classes 3 mornings a week). But I will say that getting my workout done and over with by 6:15am is what keeps me going. It really is the best way to start the day (minus the 4:25am alarm). One difference between now and August…you’ll find me running to the gym door at 5am instead of walking.

  • Amy January 8, 2013, 11:22 am

    This year I am doing more morning workouts. I struggle to get up for work and always press the snooze button 2 or 3 times, but I actually jump right out of bed when I’m going to work out. The morning workouts have allowed me to take advantage of some classes I may not have tried otherwise. I like that it is dark when I go in and getting light when I come out. It definitely beats trying to motivate after sitting at my desk all day and it being dark out. Thanks!

  • Blair January 8, 2013, 11:39 am

    I definitely hit the treadmill more in the winter, but I try to get in at least one outdoor run a week to avoid feeling too wimpy. I also take more barre classes when it’s cold out than in the summer.

  • Chrissy Park January 8, 2013, 11:44 am

    I have a treadmill at home and the tv in that room is hooked up to cable, DVR, DVDs, and Netflix. When I can’t get outdoors (or to the gym), I find it helps to have something that I want to watch. Plus it makes me feel better about my guilty-pleasure tv shows πŸ™‚

  • Emily January 8, 2013, 11:45 am

    I sooooo agree with you about the hot yoga. I don’t care for it when it’s hot outside, but I crave it when I need to really warm up on a cold day!

  • Kristen January 8, 2013, 11:48 am

    I run to the ymca, mainly so I can get my heartrate up and so that I am warm by the time I get there, also it helps with the parking issue, and it also forces me to stick to a time limit so that I make it to my intended class (depending on the day of the week but usually it’s 6:30pm) And I have no other choice than to run home post work out, great way to cool down.

  • Caroline C January 8, 2013, 11:52 am

    For me, staying motivated in the winter is all about changing up my workouts! I look forward to getting a workout in if I know I have something new and exciting to try. This winter, I’ve been working out with kettlebells–something new for me–and it has definitely kept me motivated and excited.

  • Lauren January 8, 2013, 11:53 am

    I still run outside, but I do way more yoga in the winter than in the summer. I also tend to hit the treadmill once a week.

  • Caroline January 8, 2013, 11:53 am

    I try to workout in the morning…that way I don’t know how cold it is outside until I’m already bundled up and headed out on my run πŸ™‚

  • Jenn F January 8, 2013, 11:56 am

    I also do as much hot yoga as possible. And I just treat my morning gym workouts like my job. I have to go and get bundled up to get there, even if I don’t want to.

  • Sarah January 8, 2013, 12:08 pm

    I tend to do more yoga and exercise videos than running or playing sports.

  • Melanie Zimmerman January 8, 2013, 12:20 pm

    I live in PA, have an hour commut each way, and am marathon training- to get my good going in the winter I have to bring my running clothes with me to work and change before I leave so when I get home 1) I am already ready to run which makes “not running” not really an option and 2) I can go straight to the park to get part of my run in before the sun has completely set! πŸ™‚

  • SherryC January 8, 2013, 12:21 pm

    I look forward to cooler months and being outside. I also like the warmer weather, but it seems I have more energy during the cooler months.

  • Melanie Zimmerman January 8, 2013, 12:21 pm

    I live in PA, have an hour commute each way, and am marathon training- to get my good going in the winter I have to bring my running clothes with me to work and change before I leave so when I get home 1) I am already ready to run which makes “not running” not really an option and 2) I can go straight to the park to get part of my run in before the sun has completely set! πŸ™‚

  • Megan January 8, 2013, 12:23 pm

    Those flavors sound so, so good. My strategy is similar to yours… more yoga. I do hot yoga year-round (I’mlucky enough to live less than a mile from my favorite studio in Charlotte) and the cold weather gets me even more motivated to get there at 6AM and start my morning off right.

  • Rachel January 8, 2013, 12:23 pm

    Because it gets dark so early in the evenings during the winter, my roommate and I workout together before work. We bundle up and walk to our gym — on the way we usually talk about how tired we are and then on the way back how thankful we are that our workout is done for the day!

  • Andrea January 8, 2013, 12:29 pm

    I always leave my workout clothes out and ready to go for the morning!

  • Cate January 8, 2013, 12:40 pm

    Most of the time for me, the biggest obstacle is just getting dressed. If I can get my running clothes on, that’s usually enough to get myself out the door (even when it’s cold and gross outside). So I just force myself to put on my running stuff!

  • Leah January 8, 2013, 12:46 pm

    heated yoga all the way!! the cold temperatures don’t make me think about twice when heading to the studio. i can’t say the same when the weather is warm and sunny… πŸ™‚

  • Julia Noelle January 8, 2013, 1:00 pm

    I usually bundle up and run outside! I am the biggest baby when i comes to cold, but it is always worth it in the end. If the temperature dips below -10…i hit the treadmill. For some reason, a nice cold run makes coffee taste even better πŸ™‚

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen January 8, 2013, 1:01 pm

    I get my good going by bundling up and staying active!! πŸ™‚

  • hannah January 8, 2013, 1:14 pm

    Making plans with someone else always help me get out of the house when my own motivation is lagging…especially in the cold! And like you said, I am always drawn more to yoga (and at home yoga videos) in the winter months.

  • Maria January 8, 2013, 1:15 pm

    Doing my workouts first thing in the morning! It is the best way to start off a positive day πŸ™‚

  • Courtney January 8, 2013, 1:18 pm

    I do mainly Crossfit / HIIT workouts but my running I move indoors too, to the “dread” mill, when it gets colder !! But I’ve found that changing into my workout clothes (including my workout shoes and headband) before I leave work really helps get me to the gym quicker after I get home. No excuses !!But I also try not to look at the couch before I go workout, b/c my favorite winter quilt sits there and whisper to me :o)

  • Samantha January 8, 2013, 1:24 pm

    I hate the cold too…and live in NH, go figure. I definitely spend more time at the gym in the winter, and tend to do more strength training workouts instead of cardio.

  • Stephanie January 8, 2013, 1:35 pm

    I suck it up, bundle up and head out the door to run. I run with friends at 5am during the week days so I am not the only one having to get up at 4am to get ready and run. I also sign up for winter races and a spring marathon. Keeps me training through the winter.

  • Grace @ PracticingGrace January 8, 2013, 1:40 pm

    A hot vinyasa class warms the soul. And I can get my butt running in the cold if I’m bundled up and meeting a friend for the jaunt

  • Amanda January 8, 2013, 1:49 pm

    I try to cut myself some slack and just stay active. Usually, I can guilt myself into maintaining my regular running schedule outside, but sometimes bail for the treadmill. Signing up for races to hold me accountable helps!

  • Lucy January 8, 2013, 1:55 pm

    I splurge on extra itunes so that I want to get out on the roads and blast my ipod!

  • Carrie January 8, 2013, 1:58 pm

    Working out during the winter can be hard, especially when you work during all of the daylight hours! Living in Northern Vermont it’s hard to get outside, but whenever we have a day above 25 degrees I hit the snow covered sidewalks and run at lunch time – it’s usually the warmest time of the day and is almost like running on sand…which is a great butt workout! I have to take is slower than normal to be safe and not slip, but it’s a great mid-day burst of energy!

  • Amy January 8, 2013, 2:06 pm

    I realized the only way to make sure I get going is to make sure I do it first thing in the morning. Otherwise I know it’ll never happen! πŸ™‚

  • Erika January 8, 2013, 2:08 pm

    I really don’t mind the cold weather – I hate wind though so if it’s windy and cold I might need some more motivation. In the winter I really enjoy snowshoeing and I know there is only a short window of time that I can go. If it is windy though I just make sure to go somewhere it’s more protected and I almost always end up sweaty.

  • Lauryn V January 8, 2013, 2:16 pm

    I know I’ll feel so much better at the end of my work out!

  • Amy G January 8, 2013, 2:16 pm

    I run with friends…if they are ready to meet me outside at o’dark :30 when it is 20 degrees, I won’t leave them hanging! Also, swimsuits show up in stores in February. That’s motivation enough to get moving even though it is cold!

  • kristina January 8, 2013, 2:28 pm

    joining a crossfit box has bannished my winter workout blahs! I’m hooked. I just completed my first entire WOD Rx yesterday =)

  • Heidi Lowe January 8, 2013, 2:37 pm

    I go from walking and playing with my kids outside to using the eliptical in my spider-webby basement. YUCK!!

  • Lauren January 8, 2013, 2:53 pm

    When it’s cold and the days are shorter, I absolutely HAVE to force myself to get up early and get it out of the way at the start of my day. If I don’t, there’s very little chance I’ll do it later on, because before I know it it’s dark out and I’m parked on the couch!

  • Andrea E January 8, 2013, 2:55 pm

    I run most of my miles on the treadmill this time of year. I’m also dabbling in some yoga videos thanks to your inspiration!

  • Jamie January 8, 2013, 3:07 pm

    I workout with my fiance for motivation!

  • Jennifer January 8, 2013, 3:09 pm

    I usually run on the treadmill. Running outside isn’t something I like to do in the cold and snow in PA. I do a lot of yoga DVDs and Insanity too. I homeschool 5 children so going to the gym isn’t an option for me unless its very early in the a.m.

  • Bridget January 8, 2013, 3:11 pm

    I hate running on the treadmill just like you! In the winter months, I’m forced to…but I opt for more intervals and quick drills then lengthy runs. I also try all the classes at my gym that I never usually go to! This winter I’ve picked up BodyPump, MuscleForce and BodyCombat. Once Im in the room, Im commited in there for an hour, and its much more pleasant then a cold, dark run…while still getting cardio in! πŸ™‚

  • Jill N January 8, 2013, 3:23 pm

    I’m from the north, so Charlotte weather feels great year round to me! I run outside during day-light hours and just bundle up if it’s real cold. I belong to the Lake Norman Y, so on rainy days I will run on the treadmill or take a class. PS: girl, i found your blog a few days ago! just saying hi to a fellow Charlottean!

  • Allison H. January 8, 2013, 4:19 pm

    Bundle up and I put all my top layer of running gear in the dryer on high before I run to heat it up! By the time it cools off, my body is warmed up!

  • Jaime D. January 8, 2013, 4:48 pm

    I always just remind myself how much better I will feel once I finish the workout!

  • Penny Snyder January 8, 2013, 5:34 pm

    I treat myself to healthy snacks – gets me going and something to look forward to after a workout! grammypenny@frontier.com

  • Heather Lambirth January 8, 2013, 5:40 pm

    Nike fitness app at home is the best way to get a good workout in when it’s cold and you don’t want to leave the house!

  • Laura January 8, 2013, 6:05 pm

    Michigan is cold and dreary for several months – I do my best to get outside to run as much as possible and resort to the treadmill when it’s dark and icy. I also add more strength training in the winter months to mix it up! I visualize warm and sunny weather and think about my spring and summer races πŸ™‚

  • Trish January 8, 2013, 6:12 pm

    I just bundle up really well, and strip down as I get too warm. I do my runs 2-3 times a week and crossfit 3 times a week. I find it somewhat easier to run in 30 degree weather than 100 degree weather. Unless the wind is blowing hard.

  • Shannon January 8, 2013, 6:13 pm

    I totally agree with you, I move it indoors. I have trained for 2 marathons over the winter months and I just refuse to workout outside if I don’t have too anymore. I also live off of soup in the winter months so if I must be outside a lot in the winter I know I can come home to a hot meal!

  • Michelle Q January 8, 2013, 6:17 pm

    I love to do hot yoga in the cold months.

  • Amber January 8, 2013, 6:48 pm

    Hot yoga! It leaves me feeling warm, relaxed, and happy! There is nothing better than stepping into a warm studio on a freezing winter day!

  • Krista January 8, 2013, 6:49 pm

    I recruit friends, family, ANYONE : ) Knowing I am meeting someone for a workout keeps me motivated and prevents me from hitting the couch after work!

  • Georgia January 8, 2013, 7:00 pm

    I live in the northeast where most of the winter the temps are in the teens or lower. Not to mention the 2+ feet of snow! And I can’t stand the cold! Maybe it is time to try yoga or some other indoor activity!

  • John Hutchens January 8, 2013, 7:00 pm

    I switch from hiking to swimming in the winter. Love the community indoor pool

  • Ann Fantom January 8, 2013, 7:24 pm

    My workouts definitely decrease in the winter. However, I try finding fun things to do like ice skating and skiing.

  • Crystal January 8, 2013, 7:35 pm

    I try to knock out my workouts first thing in the morning. I promise myself a hot drink to warm up after a run or swim. I little self-bribery can go a long way!

  • Karen Gonyea January 8, 2013, 7:37 pm

    I don’t really change my routine too much in the winter, but I allow myself extra time for the jacuzzi and or steam room….helps get the winter chills out πŸ™‚

  • Megan January 8, 2013, 7:46 pm

    I just force myself to DO IT haha! πŸ™‚

  • sophie January 8, 2013, 7:47 pm

    I live in Massachusetts, so the weather really cramps my running style!!! I usually just do 2 runs outside per week and 2 on the treadmill to mix it up. I’ve been trying to run fast and uphill on the treadmill to work on strength and speed (but not distance inside — way too boring for me).

    I try to do hot yoga (or just yoga in my family room with the heater on!!) once or twice as well.

    LOVE almonds, especially on my salads or mixed with craisins for a snack on the go!

  • kelly January 8, 2013, 8:50 pm

    I buy new shoes or new lululemon gear! Nothing like new workout gear to get you going!

  • Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More January 8, 2013, 8:53 pm

    I have been trying to get outside in the afternoons in the warmest part of the day.

  • Laura January 8, 2013, 9:20 pm

    The Nike Training Club app on iPhone/iPad is a great remedy to the cold weather blues! You can do the circuit training workouts to your own playlists in your own living room. There is also a large variety of workouts to choose from for whatever mood you are in. I hate not running outside but must say this app has been my favorite substitute by far!

  • Sarah January 8, 2013, 9:43 pm

    I, too, FORCE myself to get to the gym to hop on a treadmill in the bitter Midwest winters (I’m in Omaha, NE)…and I never regret it!!:) It’s tough living through cold winters but it makes you truly appreciate even the slightly warm, sunshiney days in Feb, March, and April! Once Spring hits, everyone’s in the best mood because it’s FINALLY nice enough to run outside and hit up beer gardens!!:)

  • Yin January 8, 2013, 10:34 pm

    I suck it up (going later on in the day when the sun is out!) but if the weather is really bad outside, I take it indoors and try to get as much of a workout as I do when I run!

  • Chelsea January 8, 2013, 10:41 pm

    I drink way more hot coffee! I also like to crank up the heaters in my power yoga classes at Mbody whether I’m practicing or teaching. Brand new cold weather workout clothes doesn’t hurt either!

  • alexis January 8, 2013, 10:53 pm

    in summertime i adore running outside- nothing feels better! but crossfit is the best for cold weather. I have a regular crew I meet everyday, same time so it’s always something to look forward to! And I agree with you, hot yoga in cold weather feel amazing!!

  • danielle lima January 8, 2013, 11:27 pm

    I go to a local gym with my sister

  • Amber January 9, 2013, 1:06 am

    I go with a friend so that we always motivate each other to show up and we can’t leave the other one alone!

  • chadro January 9, 2013, 5:36 am

    I like to try to take time for myself and sit back with some yummy but delicious healthy snacks like gummi’s, cashews or pretzel sticks unsalted

  • ky2here January 9, 2013, 6:38 am

    You gotta just do it – make yourself get out the door with the gym bag. Then you’re committed and you’ll get there! good luck

  • Tari Lawson January 9, 2013, 6:56 am

    In the winter months I concentrate more on weight training and do minimal running on a treadmill.

  • Rachel January 9, 2013, 7:04 am

    I try to find friends to run or go to classes with me!

  • Cynthia C January 9, 2013, 7:10 am

    I listen to audio books while I walk. It makes the time go much faster.

  • debbie January 9, 2013, 7:53 am

    Unfortunately for me they have to change. I can’t walk on ice, so I have to cut back on my walks.

  • Jen January 9, 2013, 8:38 am

    I actually like running in the cold so I don’t struggle too much with the cold weather. If it’s really nasty out I just make sure and have everything ready the night before so I don’t have any excuses to skip the gym.

  • Lindsey January 9, 2013, 9:28 am

    Planned weekly workouts keep me moving.

    I dread doing most of my workouts indoors now. However, the post workout euphoria remains year round.

  • Sue Ellison January 9, 2013, 9:32 am

    In the winter I bring my workout indoors, not a fan of the cold temps. I ride my stationary bike more and do various videos.

  • M. Love January 9, 2013, 9:41 am

    I tend to run a little bit less when it is cold out, but right now I am rehabing my hip so am taking it easy on running all together. I like CrossFit because like you said – I ge my strength and my cardio! I keep my bike on the trainer in the winter too, so at any time, there is NO excuse!

  • Denise S January 9, 2013, 9:53 am

    I do a workout video at home.

  • Karen January 9, 2013, 9:59 am

    When the weather is bad I workout indoors. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Erin January 9, 2013, 1:00 pm

    I actually would take running in the cold over the heat any day- heat makes me sluggish and cold makes me feel quick and speedy. Just gotta stock up on some great workout pants and fleecy workout tops and I’m good to go

  • Blessie Nelson January 9, 2013, 1:20 pm

    In winters, I try to focus on home workouts with dvds πŸ™‚

  • Barbara M January 9, 2013, 1:48 pm

    I have a great plan this winter!
    Been working out with the Wii just dance 2 & doing some cardio dvds.
    We also have a walking track a few blocks away.
    The variety is working well!
    Thank you.

  • Rachel January 9, 2013, 2:23 pm

    Many more indoor and morning workouts!

  • Paula Tavernie January 9, 2013, 3:06 pm

    I walk with friends so always somthing to talk about so its quite fun and dont feel like a workout!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  • Elisabeth January 9, 2013, 3:18 pm

    I like to “shop” online for bikinis, that usually gets me motivated! πŸ™‚

  • Taryn January 9, 2013, 4:27 pm

    In the winter, I like to switch up my “typical” workout. If I have spent the fall doing Barre/toning/running, I will go a different route and do a boot camp type exercise so I get reinvigorated. I feel like you can get stuck in the rut of doing the same exercise and when you change direction it can be very motivating. I also be careful to not change immediately into sweats when I get home from work. I also find I eat more in big/baggy clothing so I try to manage as long as I can in my tighter work pants or form fitting running pants so that I’m aware when I’m eating!

  • Linda Lansford January 9, 2013, 4:44 pm

    I work out indoors so nothing will change

  • Kate G January 9, 2013, 5:38 pm

    When it’s cold out, I take classes at the gym. It helps me to workout with others.

  • Christine January 9, 2013, 6:40 pm

    I workout with various exercise dvds

  • Meagan @ Managing Meagan January 9, 2013, 7:44 pm

    I hit the TM more, the indoor track, and sometimes just suck it up and brave the cold!

  • Caryn S January 9, 2013, 8:11 pm

    I try to make sure I’m constantly moving, whether it’s bringing the laundry up and down the stairs, walking around while on the phone…

  • Lorena Keech January 9, 2013, 8:35 pm

    Walking around and around and around and around… the atrium at work, we have a group that does it everyday.

  • Melissa January 9, 2013, 9:14 pm

    two words- Hot Yoga!! πŸ™‚

  • Kyl Neusch January 9, 2013, 9:54 pm

    get some friends together

  • Hayley C January 9, 2013, 10:41 pm

    I’m taking a much needed break from running and have been loving cross fit and yoga! So nice to switch up my routine!

  • Carly January 10, 2013, 1:32 am

    I fire up the exercises videos in my nice, toasty living room.

  • Brittney House January 10, 2013, 2:10 am

    I have zero tolerance for the cold so when its cold out all my workouts are moved inside.

  • rachel January 10, 2013, 9:19 am

    I remind myself how unfun using the treadmill is. And headbands and gloves make a huge difference!

  • Ttrockwood January 10, 2013, 9:47 am

    In the winter i mostly do early morning gym classes. I have to sign up the previous day so i am obligated to wake up and go! I have a quick espresso and put on my ipod to get me in the mood as i shiver/jog the 4 blocks to my gym!

  • Melanie Montgomery January 10, 2013, 10:30 am

    I workout indoors around 2 in the winter. I work out in the morning during the summer.

  • Stephanie January 10, 2013, 1:31 pm

    I am all about the hot yoga in the winter too- nothing feels as great as walking into that warm room and stretching out my mat. I also tend to re-discover my workout DVD’s and classes that my gym offers during the colder months!

  • Beth C January 10, 2013, 1:59 pm

    i try to get regular sleep and eat better i try to keep the same workout routine . i just work harder to beat the blues

  • Leslie J January 10, 2013, 2:35 pm

    I make sure I take my workout clothes TO work. If I don’t go home, then I’m not tempted to skip the workout.

  • Tracy January 10, 2013, 2:42 pm

    I got a dog! Now I have to get up and go out to take him out, no matter what the weather is like. I always feel better after

  • Sooze January 10, 2013, 3:30 pm

    I get my good going by getting as much sunshine in my day as is possible! Most days, that means setting the alarm for a morning run that starts just as soon as it is semi-light out…nothing better than starting the day with a run during sunrise!

  • harold January 10, 2013, 3:54 pm

    Like you, I just hit the door and struggle through the first few minutes. After that point I start feeling it and it all comes together and like you stated, I never regret a workout when I finish, but do regret not doing one.

  • Kristen January 10, 2013, 4:28 pm

    Yes, I feel like my workouts change!! I run slower on the icy sidewalks and try new things at the gym.

  • Valerie Taylor Mabrey January 10, 2013, 5:17 pm

    I do two small workouts instead of one long one
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  • Ed Nemmers January 10, 2013, 6:50 pm

    I still go running, but with extra pumped up music!

  • Charlene Shaver January 10, 2013, 8:34 pm

    The only thing that changes for me is I walk on my treadmill instead of walking outside πŸ™‚

  • Alexandra January 10, 2013, 8:51 pm

    I have been doing lots of workout DVDs indoors because of the weather such as insanity and physique 57- I’m looking for a good yoga DVD to add to my collection at the moment

  • Michelle N January 10, 2013, 9:17 pm

    I don’t mind the treadmill like most so when I have to move the workouts indoors, it’s ok. It just gets me ever more super excited for my regular Saturday long run outside. It’s usually my favorite runs of the week…maybe favorite runs of the year because trails are less busy so it’s just you, your music, and great scenery! πŸ™‚

  • Anna January 10, 2013, 9:57 pm

    To get motivated in the winter, I go to group fitness classes and run with my friends!

  • jen gersch January 11, 2013, 4:43 am

    I do some P90X in the winter..ones that I enjoy and are a challenge like yoga

  • Christine January 11, 2013, 7:46 am

    To get motivated in winter, I try something new – the excitement/fear gets my adrenaline going. I signed up for the Spartan Race in March at the Charlotte Whitewater Center then joined a bootcamp at the YWCA to train for it. We’ll be outside at the park on Saturdays and inside the gym learning how to climb a rope (!!) on Wednesdays.

  • Ashley C January 11, 2013, 9:17 am

    I do a lot of yoga and pilates in the winter when I just don’t feel like leaving the house to run much! I go into hibernation.


  • Michelle Tucker January 11, 2013, 10:35 am

    I try to move a bit more in the house…walk a bit more when I’m out and about. sometimes I’ll bundle up and still go for walks in the evening.
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  • Lori C. January 11, 2013, 11:07 am

    We found a dirt walking path near home. Just having new scenery helps.

  • Jennifer B. January 11, 2013, 11:51 am

    I have recently adopted to puppies. It doesn’t matter what the weather outside is like, they must be walked. I call them my canine personal trainers.

  • Susan Climan January 11, 2013, 11:52 am

    I’m very lucky to both live in a warm climate and have an elliptical machine in my house. Both definitely help to motivate me!

  • Lara January 11, 2013, 12:43 pm

    I HATE the cold! I know hate is a strong word but the cold and I do not get along ha I work long hours and being in the northeast basically means I never see daylight – its cold and dark when I leave and cold and dark when I get home. Motivation is something I really struggle with in the winter – but i just signed up for my first half marathon so hopefully having a goal will motivate me – but def. no running in the cold – hit the treadmill till it warms up a bit.

  • Taryn T. January 11, 2013, 12:55 pm

    A fun workout video, and eating paleo!

  • kathy pease January 11, 2013, 4:36 pm

    I walk on the treadmill daily while listening to my ipod with some upbeat music

  • Emily January 11, 2013, 5:08 pm

    I’m lucky to live in a mild climate now, but I still tend to use the gym more than an outdoor run on chillier days. I think good gear would probably help encourage me to get outside more! Pickup sports games with friends have helped as well.

  • Jaclyn Reynolds January 11, 2013, 6:30 pm

    I do yoga during the winter and we have some equipment in the garage for cold days.

  • Jackee January 11, 2013, 7:29 pm

    I plan winter beach vacations. That way I cant stop working out, even if I wanted too πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie Larison January 11, 2013, 8:22 pm

    I usually run when it’s nice out, when it gets too cold of rainy I hop in the treadmill.

  • susan smoaks January 11, 2013, 8:42 pm

    i workout inside with a dvd when it’s bad weather. this morning I did a 4 mile power walk Dvd with leslie sansone

  • Donna L January 11, 2013, 8:44 pm

    We live in Florida, so in the winter we do a lot of walking because it’s cooler.

  • carol y l January 11, 2013, 9:09 pm

    Have coffee and set out for our strenuous hilly walk with hubby every day. Take the dog and off we go. It is a necessity and doing it together helps so much.
    These almonds are great! We don’t eat grains or sugars or starches, so do eat alot of almonds!

  • Gianna January 11, 2013, 10:37 pm

    It’s more indoors than out.

  • BILL H January 11, 2013, 10:52 pm

    hot yoga of course

  • Sand January 11, 2013, 11:29 pm

    I work out in the afternoons as it’s not as cold.

  • Veronica Garrettt January 11, 2013, 11:31 pm

    I modify my workout routine. I have shorter sessions and I do a lot more indoors.

  • Kaitlyn January 12, 2013, 12:08 am

    ive been dying to try those two flavors of blue diamond almonds & am happy to hear you enjoy them! i definitely have to enroll friends in joining me for workouts in the colder months to keep my motivation up. i also do less outdoor runs & more spin classes, crossfit, HOT YOGA, and yes, when all else fails the treadmill & elliptical. in my city we even have an awesome studio called “pop physique” (barre/pilates/yoga fusion to pop music) and that builds some serious internal heat. but hot power vinyasa trumps all :).

  • Hilary January 12, 2013, 9:14 am

    I absolutely love going to hot yoga to ward off the winter blues. Also, I make foods with a lot of spice in them:)

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