Cold weather is not the greatest motivator to get you out from under your duvet and up pounding the pavement. You know you’re going to regret three months of hibernation when it’s pool-party season—that booty ain’t gonna tone itself. Lucky for you, we’re bringing you our favourite ways to keep fit when it’s cold. Read on!
If you’re going to get up early or stay out after work when the couch is calling, there had better at least be some novelty factor. Powerhoop’s classes use weighted hula hoops and, if you don't feel the burn from twirling that baby around like you are five years old, your stomach muscles will sure get a workout from all the laughing you’ll be doing. Braid your hair and bring along your bestie, to really get into the spirit of things.
If you like to stay snug while you work out, head along to Bikram Yoga Britomart. The room’s heated to 40 degrees, which means you can’t go wrong. You only have to brave the trip from bed to mat, and you’re on your way to bikini body. It’s also the perfect destination if your heater at home is out of order—just come and hang in child’s pose until you’re toasty warm again.
News flash: tramping isn’t solely reserved for summer. Winter is the perf time to get your hike on. Just think—no mozzies, no blazing sun and, once your arrive safe and sound at your hut, you can cosy up around the fireplace and toast marshmallows! Check out the North Island Volcanic Plateau, Coromandel’s Pinnacles or these Auckland walks and hikes. Touch base with the Department of Conservation for daily track conditions and remember the weather can change rapidly so make sure you’re well prepared!
If the thought of riding a bike outside in winter makes your nose freeze, your lungs burn and the tips of your ears succumb to frostbite, try The Trip at Les Mills. It’s a cycle class—but not as you know it. The virtual class will have you cycling the sides of impossibly steep glaciers and riding through space-age cities. The class has all the benefits of outside exercise—without the chill factor.
If your friends are more likely to get drunk the night before your training session and stand you up, you might like to enlist the help of a personal trainer. Having someone waiting at the gym, plotting how many chin-ups they’ll make you do for every second you’re late is a great motivator. Plus, it’s well known that if you enlist the help of a particularly drill sergeant-esque friend, you’re forty percent* more likely to become a fitness model.
Reformer Pilates utilises a piece of equipment that looks like a torture device you’d find in a retro ’50s horror flick, but it’s up there with the best cold weather exercise (and it’s actually loads of fun). There’s no laying on a cold cement floor at Kcore Pilates, just strap yourself in and feel your core temperature rise.
Getting up early still a challenge? We find it helps if you sleep in your gym clothes. This has the added benefit of an extra 10 minutes sleep in. (Don't judge, you know you've done it too).
*If Homer Simpson says it, it’s a thing. Also, not a real statistic.
After some more winter fitness advice? Check out 6 Hacks For Staying Fit This Winter.
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