It would be so much easier to stick to New Year’s resolutions if the new year started during the summer. In the summer, you don’t need to be coaxed to go for a run, ride a bike, or take a swim. In the winter, however, exercise requires more effort, more clothing, and a greater emotional commitment. There are, however, ways to build and maintain a fitness routine without leaving the warmth of your home. Here are four of our favorite strategies for beating the cold weather workout blues.
Almost anything you can do in a gym you can now do with a coach through your smartphone. The TRX App ($39.99 annually) simplifies the home workout process by offering a variety of workouts programmed by the top fitness pros in the world. And we’re not talking about only Suspension Trainer sessions; the app includes coaching for running, cycling, yoga, and high intensity interval training (HIIT). Simply select the modality and the amount of time you have, and choose the session that appeals to you. Still looking for more choices? Fitness-booking service ClassPass has started offering classes online with their ClassPass Live product, and apps like Gixo and Train-With let clients book live classes and communicate in real time with their instructors.
The Hero Fitness Tool
Anyone who remembers infomercials about the Thighmaster or Bowflex knows that bulky exercise equipment can quickly take over your home. When you need a compact, portable, all-in-one fitness tool, nothing beats the TRX Suspension Trainer. There’s a reason that professional athletes, supermodels, and even the military elite swear by the Suspension Trainer: resistance training can be adapted for any body at any skill level. For folks working out at home, it takes less than a minute (and no special equipment) to set up the Suspension Trainer over a hinged door. Whether you want to focus on a specific muscle group, or challenge yourself to a full-body, muscle-blasting workout, the Suspension Trainer has limitless strength-training potential.
If you’re on social media, put your friends and followers to good use. Announce your fitness frequency goal, and set a schedule to update your network on your progress. Remember, it’s always best to start with a SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) plan. For example, if you're trying to exercise three times each week for the next four weeks, you could announce that goal on Facebook with a post like, “Friends: I’m challenging myself to exercise three time a week for the next month, and I need you to hold me accountable. I’ll post photos from my workouts each Sunday, and you can call me out if you don’t see a post from me each week. Will you help me stick to my goal?”
So you have space to spare in your home, and you’re chasing those gains. Consider complementing your Suspension Trainer with a few more multi-tasking pieces, like bands, kettlebells, and medicine balls. Each of these tools can be used with your Suspension Trainer, or individually, giving you even more exercise options at home. For anyone looking to source everything you need for a portable home gym in one shot, check out the TRX Infinity Gym.
Not sure yet if a home gym is right for you? Ask yourself these five questions before you start investing in equipment.
For most of the country, cold weather is fact of life in the winter. If you let it stop you from meeting your fitness goals, you’ll spend months every year waiting to get in shape again. But with fitness apps, versatile equipment, and a little help from your friends, you can set yourself up for wellness success, even on the gloomiest days.