As much as we don’t want to think about it, those bitterly cold Chicago months are just around the corner. When it’s 10 degrees outside and snowing, we understand that it can be tough to get motivated to workout. However, there are more than a few upsides to getting your sweat on during those cold months.
Exercising, especially during the daylight hours, can help fight seasonal affective disorder – a type of depression that often comes with the change of the seasons. Plus, your body is working harder to stay warm in the winter, revving up your metabolism and burning more calories – bonus! Exercising also gives your immune system a boost, helping to fight off those common viruses that get passed around during winter. Here’s how you can keep up with your workout schedule even when the temperatures begin to plunge:
Grab your significant other or a few friends and head to the nearest indoor or outdoor skating rink. Don’t worry – you don’t have to be doing triple axels on the ice in order to get a good workout from this fun winter activity. Simply skating forward and backward can work muscles you didn’t even know you had in your legs, glutes and core.
Warm up this winter with a high-intensity interval training session at either our West Loop gym or our Lakeview gym location. Walking to our Chicago gym is a great opportunity to get in your 10-15 minutes of vitamin D to help elevate your mood and boost your bone and skin health. Can’t find the motivation to get out of bed in the morning and get to the gym? Try putting your phone or alarm clock across the room so you have to physically get up out of bed and turn it off. Simply getting yourself out of bed is half the battle – especially when it’s dark and cold out.
Whether it’s just too cold out or you don’t have time to get to the gym, you can break a sweat at home. Pop in your favorite fitness DVD or come up with your very own workout that can be done in your living room. Not sure where to begin? Any of our Chicago personal trainers at CTF would be happy to give you some exercises that can easily be done at home, whether it’s jump squats, planks, lunges or tricep dips. If you have stairs in your home or apartment building, consider doing sprints up and down to get your daily dose of cardio.
Not far from our West Loop facility, you’ll find Brooklyn Boulders, a unique rock climbing gym. If you’re a CTF member, you get in free! Try climbing on your own or taking one of their many classes to learn everything from how to scale a rock to belaying. This type of workout combines both cardio and strength, and can burn anywhere from 500 to 900 calories in just one hour.
Come join us at either our West Loop gym or our new Lakeview gym to warm up during the winter with a workout!