10 Ways to Stay Fit in Winter

Just because it’s winter and cold outside, it doesn’t mean you should stop exercising even if it seems like a good excuse. If you’re not keen on the cold, you can look at options to exercise indoors. 

Motivation is going to be a big challenge during the winter months, especially when there are other popular winter activities like eating comfort food and binge watching TV under a cosy blanket on the sofa.


So how do you combat the inertia and get moving? Try making it as easy as possible for you to exercise. You can also move exercising to your home so you don’t have to think about travelling in the dark to the gym. Another way is to pick an activity you have always wanted to try.

Here are some activity ideas to inspire your winter workout.

1) Badminton

It’s a fun way to get fit and be sociable. As you need at least two of you, get your friends and family involved.

Find a badminton court near you. 

2) Boxing

Boxing is a great full body workout as it involves cardio, endurance, stamina, strength and it’s also great for stress. Your local leisure centre may hold classes; search for boxing clubs near you on the internet.

3) Dancing

There are many different types of dance and it’s a really enjoyable way to get fit. You may be starting with two left feet and find yourself waltzing through the season.

Find a dance class near you.

4) Trampolining

Not only is it fun, it’s also a great way to get fit and improve your mental health. Who can resist smiling when bouncing around?!

Find out more about trampolining in Medway and Sittingbourne.

5) Martial Arts

Learning a martial art can improve your mental concentration and confidence. There are many styles so find the one that suits you.

Find a martial arts club near you. 

6) Squash

It’s fast, energetic and fun. Get one of your friends to join you!

Find a squash court near you.

7) Indoor Climbing

It’s great for flexibility and strength, there’s nothing more satisfactory than nailing a climb you couldn’t do when you started.

Find an indoor climbing wall near you. 

8) Skiing and Snowboarding

You don’t have to go to the Alps to try skiing; there are slopes in Kent where you can learn the sport.

Find a dry/real slope near you.

9) Exercise at home

You can exercise from the comfort of your own home so pick an exercise DVD or start doing some weight training.

Here are 12 exercises you can do at home to get in shape from BuzzFeed Life.

10) Exercising outside

If you’re up for it, it’s great to exercise outdoors in the winter as you can burn more calories and you’ll feel less sweaty. You have to consider a few more things like making sure you’re properly warmed up before you start, wear visible clothing at night and take care on wet or slippery surfaces.

Here are some Winter Weather Exercise Tips from Runner World.

For more information on sport in Kent go to www.kentsport.org


Remember if you have any concerns with trying a new sport/activity; please consult your doctor first.


We do not endorse or are responsible for the content of the links in this article, they are for information only, and please do your own research before undertaking a new activity.

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