Winter Workout

Working out during Winter can be tough.  There are days that I can’t make it to the gym because it’s snowing or because it’s cold and dark and I have little to no motivation to go back out.  This is my struggle from about November to March.  What’s a girl to do?  Well, I’ve switched up my workout routine a bit.

I still workout about 4 to 5 times per week.  Going to the gym is Plan A and working out at home is Plan B.  For me, working out at home means popping in a DVD and following along like I have a personal trainer in my home.

I realize that many people don’t tend to use DVD workouts and instead turn to the inter webs for a workout routines, like you-tube or streaming online.  I haven’t found anything that I’ve liked as much as DVDs.  If you have any specific recommendations I’d love to know.  At the end of the day, I think that you need should do a workout routine that is convenient for you and that you love.  Maybe I’m just old school.

I’ve tried a lot of DVD workouts, but my absolute favorites for the past 5+ years are the following:

  1. Bob Harper Ultimate Cardio
  2. Bob Harper Totally Ripped Core
  3. Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred

Here’s a sample of what my workout routine looked like last week:

Sunday – Rest

Monday – Workout at the gym.  This means 30-40 minutes of cardio and 15-20 minutes of strength training.  If you want more details about this routine check out out the post that I dedicated to it (click here).

Tuesday – Workout at home.

Wednesday – Take a spin class at the gym.  Despite my previous rantings about not really caring for spin class (and the injuries that are possible when you suck at it), I still go every now and then because my friend likes it so.  There’s something to be said about variety and a friend for company so I’ll roll with it.  Plus, I haven’t fallen off the bike since my first class, so there’s that.  😉

Thursday – Workout at home.

Friday – Rest

Saturday – Workout at the gym.

There have been weeks that I’ve worked out at home three times, especially if the weather is bad.  On the flip side, there are some weeks that I skip working out at home altogether.  I have to admit that following DVDs can be boring, but it gets the job done.  I think it beats the alternative of doing nothing.  After all, how else will I balance out the French toast I had over the weekend?  😉

Do you switch up your workout routine in the Winter?  If yes, I’d love to know what you do.


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