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Winter is the season that makes people think about curling up with a good book and a cup of cocoa next to the fire. Extreme winter weather can deter anyone from going outside, even if they are capable of doing so. Many New Year’s Resolutions will be “exercise more” or “go to the gym”, but winter can easily put a damper on these plans. Here are some ways you can keep your resolution through the toughest months of the year.

Yoga

Many people underestimate the benefits of yoga. It is a stress reliever and a way to stretch, but it can also build up strength throughout your body. Even simple poses, such as a plank, can seriously work your entire body. Try holding a four-limbed staff pose for a few minutes and you’ll understand how much yoga works all areas of your body.

Join A Class

Many people who stop exercising during the winter do so because they do not want to go outside. Joining a gym is a quick way to fail at your goal, but joining a class gives you a social aspect to look forward to. Not only will you get to meet new people, you will also feel accountable for going each week. You can take it a step further by inviting someone you know and asking them to hold you accountable. Then, you know if you stop going, you’ll hear about it.

Clean Your House

Cleaning your house might not sound like exercise, but oftentimes it is. Cleaning out your closets, climbing ladders to dust corners, and other normal tasks can burn up to 200 calories in one hour. Winter is the perfect time to clean, because you can actually enjoy your clean house more often than you would in spring or summer.

Watch TV

At first, this might seem ridiculous, but you can get fit watching TV. Many people jog during their favorite show and do other exercises (such as push-ups) during commercial breaks. Next time you decide you would rather binge-watch Netflix, see how long you can last following this routine before you have to sit down. A side note: I suggest watching something you don’t need to pay attention to. You will be less likely to stop because you missed an important detail.

Playing In The Snow

You may think this is silly, but playing in the snow can actually be great exercise. Once you get bundled up, you are carrying more weight, and it is harder to move. Running around with your family, having a snowball fight, or building a fort are all easy and fun ways to enjoy winter without compromising your health.

Starting a fitness routine in winter can be discouraging, but it doesn’t have to be. Take my advice and try one or a few of these options and you will continue to make progress year-round.