Tips For Staying Active Through the Changing Seasons

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.

As the seasons shift from apples and pumpkins to gingerbread and candy canes, you might find that your motivation to work out goes right out the window. It’s definitely that time of year when weekends are full of holiday feasting and festivities, and weekdays are spent shopping, baking, and trying to survive the holiday hustle. When it comes to our health, it’s really easy to fall into the “I’m just going to wait until the New Year” trap. I mentioned this in my November newsletter a couple of weeks ago, but why wait until January to get back on track?

In the spirit of my F&F Holiday Hustle challenge that starts today, I’m teaming up with Target® C9 to help you beat the winter blues and end your year on a more positive note. If you haven’t signed up for the challenge yet, please do! Instead of just going through the motions of the holidays, we are going to try to thrive during them instead. To start, here are my tips for staying active through the changing seasons, especially as the weather gets colder and the days get shorter.

Tips for Staying Active Through the Changing Seasons

Move during the day
For those of you who sit at a desk all day long, set a timer to get up and remind yourself to take walking breaks. Take a lap around the building or walk up and down the stairs. Something I’ve recently started doing is going from my desk on the 6th floor to the restroom on the first floor so that I have to walk all the way back up the stairs a few extra times during the day. Every step counts!

Take a class
The winter is a great time of year to take advantage of the classes offered at local gyms or fitness studios. I’m much more inclined to want to be participating in an indoor class when it’s sub-freezing outside than when it’s a beautiful summer or fall day. Whatever class you choose, pick something that seems interesting to you and up your alley so that you will be more likely to stick with it! Some of my winter favorites include indoor cycling, heated yoga, and kickboxing.

hubhealth3 yoga

Go out and play
Despite the cold, there are actually a lot of outdoor winter activities to choose from too! I’m personally not a downhill skier, but I really want to try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing this year. Ice skating is another way you can keep moving in the winter. Maybe these aren’t as traditional as other forms of fitness are, but you’re moving during them, aren’t you? Any of these activities also make for fun and active dates or catch time with a friend instead of revolving social obligations around food.

Embrace at home workouts
If you aren’t feeling that slippery commute to the gym, do at home workouts! There are countless ways to exercise at home, whether it be with a quick bodyweight workout or with minimal equipment. Check out my fitness page for some of the routines that I keep handy for when I’m in a pinch!

Mindy Mylrea DVDSporting one of my Target® C9 tanks!

Try something new
One of my favorite weeks at the gym every year is the week between Christmas and New Year’s. There is literally NOBODY there! Last year, I used this time to conquer my fear of the weight room. I felt much more comfortable trying out new machines and trying heavier weights for the first time when there was barely anyone else in there. By the time the week after New Year’s rolled around and all the January Joiners were crowding the weight room, I felt more confident with my routine. Consider trying something that scares you before the resolution making crowds scare you away instead.

Weight Room: Trap Bar Deadlift

I hope these tips help you as we kick off the first of the month today!

–Let’s chat–
How do you try and stay active as the seasons change? What are your go to winter workout tips? Do you own any apparel from the Target® C9 brand?

Besides the tank above, I also own a few zipups and sports bras!

Life Lately {January 2014}

Good morning! Since we’re into a new month, I wanted to back up for a minute and share some life things from January.

First, a couple of fun blog announcements:

  1. I was recently chosen to be an IDEA Inspired Blogger.
  2. I was also selected to be a POPSUGAR Select Fitness Blogger.
  3. I was featured on the GaiamTV blog talking about some of my daily rituals in the morning and before bed.

I’m totally honored and thrilled to be listed along some of the other amazing people/blends on all three of these sites. Make sure to check them out!

Next, some fun deliveries to my doorstep:

The new KIND bar healthy grain flavors

Kind Bar Healthy Grains

Some Kinnikinnick gluten-free bread products, via Jen‘s giveaway

Kinnikinnick Products

A new cookbook by the blogger of Guilty Kitchen, via The Empowered Momma‘s giveaway

Cooking with coconut oil

My first NatureBox shipment (thanks, Katie!)

Nature Box

And another Birchbox shipment (thanks, Tim!)

Birchbox

Some scenes from home:

There’s been a lot of bread making in my apartment. Someone likes his new toy.

Tim making bread

There’s also been more attempts at planned relaxation time. What a thought.

Relaxing

There’s also been some forced relaxation time. Snowy nights have that effect!

Snowy night in + wine

Finally, in case you were wondering, I do have a social life:

Reuniting with Jess and Eileen

Reuniting with Jess and Eileen

Dawn’s healthy eating party

Dawn Healthy Eating Party

Gym girls impromptu night out

Gym girls night out

Catching up with my old roomies

Catching up with roommates

Celebrating my friend Matt’s birthday

Matt's Birthday

And going to Paint Nite with Slesh

Paint Nite with Slesh

Unpictured because I wasn’t in blogger mode:

–lunch with my parents
–night out in Union Square with Slesh
–celebrating bonus night with my co-workers

–Let’s chat–
What are some of your highlights from January? What are you looking forward to in February?

I have another big presentation at work today… wish me luck! I can’t wait for 5 o’clock!