Being here in the Chicago burbs makes me appreciate two things about London:
- It’s rarely cold enough in London to deter me from cycling or walking outdoors.
- London requires lots of walking and cycling just to get around, making it much easier to stay fit, even without deliberately exercising.
This is not to say that I begrudge my time here in the States. In fact, I’m loving it – home cooking, quiet nights, white snow, cleaner streets, just to name a few small pleasures of being back home. And given that most of you are also in the States, this is a great opportunity for me to get to know your food and fitness challenges a bit better.
As some of you know, I’m all about staying fit without the gym, but being here in icy Chicago makes me realize how hard this will be in a place that’s actually freezing cold. Still, I’m up for the challenge.
Here are a few ideas for staying fit in the freezing cold without investing in any major equipment:
- Yoga – Morning yoga is something I started in London which I can easily do here. Equipment needed: yoga mat.
- Floor exercises – I’ll be doing a variation of my core workout plan, plus some leg exercises I was given by my physiotherapist. Equipment needed: none.
- One hundred pushup challenge – I was doing this for a while in London but took a break in recent weeks. Now I’m back to it, starting on week three, column two. Equipment needed: none.
- Walking – It’s all about layers, right? Equipment needed: shoes, warm clothes.
- Hiking – I’m not sure how often I’ll find myself in the woods, but I love the idea of hiking in the snow. Plus, walking in the snow is hard work. Equipment needed: boots, warm clothes.
- Running – I probably won’t be doing this given my shin splints, but for those of you with happy legs, running is a pretty solid way to stay fit and warm at the same time. Sign up for a fun run to keep you motivated. Equipment needed: running shoes, warm clothes.
- Jump rope – I LOVE this idea posted by Jason on Get Fit Slowly. Equipment needed: rope.
How do you guys keep your fitness up in the winter? I’m open to suggestions, the cheaper the better!