Find a workout buddy. I have a coworker who is extremely dedicated to taking a short break each afternoon to walk. I asked her to invite me to walk with her each day, and it’s a great reminder to get up and move a little more. We have a loop in the basement of our office building that we use when it’s too cold to go outside (12 loops = 1 mile) but you could climb stairs for 10 minutes or even do a few push-ups, squats, and lunges wherever you happen to be.
Put technology to work. My current favorite favorites are the 7 Minute app for Apple or Android (a full body, no equipment workout in 7 minutes!), free streaming videos at doyogawithme.com, and the Nike Training Club app. And don’t forget Pinterest — search whatever kind of workout you’re looking for, and you’ll find tons of ideas. (Here’s my Sporty Spice board if you need a place to get started.)
Find secret gyms. My office building has a small corner of the basement with an elliptical trainer, a treadmill, and a few sets of hand weights. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s warm and there’s usually no one down there. You can get a great workout in even if you just have 20-30 minutes.
Add fitness to other things. Do you love to relax with a sitcom in the evenings? Make up your own fitness game to go along with your favorite TV show, like doing five push-ups every time Sheldon says Bazinga! or someone does something scandalous on Scandal. (Your arms will definitely be sore the next day!)
And last but not least… Brave the elements. If it is really cold, you can bundle up, but keep an eye out for those warmer days we have scattered throughout the winter. Take advantage of them and get outside for some fresh air and sunshine, even if you’re just going for a brisk walk. Your body will thank you!
Sarah lives in Ava with her husband and two young sons. She is an attorney by day and a runner, chef, and knitter by night (and early morning). She writes about how she finds joy through family, faith, food, and fitness on her blog, Beauty School Dropout.