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8 Creative Ways to Workout When The Days Are Shorter | RMHP Blog

8 Creative Ways to Workout When The Days Are Shorter | RMHP Blog



8 Creative Ways to Work Out When The Days Are Shorter

Winter Workout Tips That’ll Keep You in Shape All Season


When it’s dark by 5:00 p.m., getting in a workout might be the last thing you want to do. But all hope is not lost. With a bit of creativity and a dash of motivation, you can get your fitness on all winter long.


If you’re in a fitness slump this winter, try one (or all) of these tips, tricks, and activities.


1. Try an unusual winter sport or activity

Trying something new might be the key to being active after the sun sets. You can even put your own spin on a classic winter sport, like curling.


2. Seek out the heat

There’s nothing quite like a hot yoga class on a frigid night. Yoga studios tend to offer classes throughout the day, so you’ll have no problem finding a class after work, even when it’s already dark out.


3. Don’t give up on running

Winter can be a great time to run if you’re prepared. It’s also a great excuse to slow down and really focus on your running form.


4. Try ice fishing

Find a friend who knows a thing or two about ice fishing and give it a go. There’s more movement involved than you might realize! Build a fire, set up the lines, and reel in the day’s big catch for a surprisingly effective and creative workout.


5. Move your workouts to lunchtime

If there’s a perfect season for a lunchtime workout, winter just might be it. You’ll even be able to take advantage of what little sunshine is available if you move things outdoors. Here’s how to execute the perfect workout on your lunch break.


6. Get the sleds ready

Sledding is tons of fun. It’s also an amazing workout:

  • See who in the family can run up the sledding hill fastest.
  • Set a timer and compete to see who can complete the most runs in 15 minutes.
  • Create obstacle courses that challenge your steering skills.


With so many ways to turn sledding into a workout, you’re bound to find one everyone enjoys. As a bonus, sledding can also be done in the dark, especially when the moon is bright.


7. Turn up the music

Dancing is another great workout that doesn’t require daylight. Turn your evening chores like cooking dinner and tidying up into an all-out dance party, and you’ll be multitasking like a pro. Dancing is also a great way to warm up before a winter run.


8. Trampolines aren’t just for kids

Rebounding is an activity that involves jumping up and down on a small trampoline. You’ll get a killer cardio workout, and some experts have found that rebounding is beneficial for your lymphatic and immune systems.