The weather outside might be frightful, but sitting by that fire might make your fitness routine frightful. Though your body may be layered under sweatshirts and coats, staying active and healthy is important no matter what the temperature is outside.
"It's hard to stay motivated in the winter. When temperatures plummet, the last thing we want to do is leave the comfort and warmth of our homes. But winter is not a good excuse to give up our fitness routines," said Kara Smith, personal trainer and group fitness coordinator at the Loyola Center for Fitness.
In fact, there are a lot of great outdoor fitness activities you can only enjoy during the winter months, such as hockey or ice skating, skiing and snowshoeing.
"Your outdoor running and walking routines don't have to go away when it's cold, just modify it a little. Winter can be a great time for outdoor activity if you're prepared," said Valerie Walkowiak, medical fitness-integration coordinator at the Loyola Center for Fitness.
She offers these tips for exercising outside in the cold.