Winter Workout Tips

There’s no denying that working out becomes much more of a chore in the winter than it is in the summer. It’s not that we want to stop working out, it’s just that the motivation starts to dwindle. In the summer it’s easier to get up early because the sun is out and shining well before the work day starts, it’s easier to start your workout from home since you can go for a walk or run, and it’s easier to pack in late-night workouts because the sun is still up after work. But when the winter comes, along with it’s freezing temperatures and seemingly perpetual darkness, finding motivation to work out can be difficult.

Not only is motivation hard to come by in the winter months, especially if you live in a cold climate, but depending upon the type of exercise you prefer, you may have to change up your routine entirely during the winter. For example, if you are a runner you’ll need to get additional clothing to layer, appropriate shoes (depending upon where you live), and a headlamp at the very least. If you want to continue your workouts throughout the year, no matter the temperature, check out these winter workout tips.

Scout out the weather. Get a weather app on your phone or have the TV tuned in to the weather channel right when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed at night. You should determine if the weather will be wet or dry and be sure to take the wind chill into account when looking at the temperature. Use your best judgement when it comes to going out in low temperatures or slippery conditions. No workout is worth risking your health for, so stay aware of the quickly changing conditions.


You can always take things off, but you can’t put them back on. So when you go outside for a run or walk be sure to wear plenty of breathable layers that you can take off if you get too warm. This is also good if it’s wet outside, that way you can stay dry by taking off your top layer.

Check out short-term contracts at local gyms. If you don’t want to workout outside during the winter, check out your local gyms to see if you can get a short-term membership. That way you can hit the treadmill or weights during the winter and go back to outdoor training when the weather warms up without being out a bunch of cash.

Work up to long workouts outside. Start small when it comes to working out in conditions you aren’t used to. Track the length and intensity of your workouts via an app such as Gorilla Workout and only make them longer when you feel comfortable that your body is acclimated to the change.

These winter workout tips will get you ready and motivated to work out when the temperatures start to drop and the rain turns to snow. If you live in a warmer climate it’s not likely that your routine will change much, but for those that need a little extra help during the winter, these tips will come in handy.


Tim Roberts is a freelance writer covering a wide array of topics.  You can find more content from him at and Gorilla Workout.

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