Cold weather shouldn’t be an excuse for giving up exercising. Maybe you’re just the type of guy who’s all about showing off at the beach, but lose interest when it’s time to cover your body with layers of thick clothes. Leave that behind you and grow up, keeping yourself fit is a lifestyle and a year-round effort. Don’t let your body stay still too long, because training is beneficial in so many ways you can’t even imagine.

Yeah, yeah, I know, there’s much work to do, a lot of people to talk to, and when you eventually get some free time, spending it inside in a cozy and warm apartment while the winter bites on the other side of the walls seems legit. However, staying fit in the winter doesn’t have to be a drag. This is what you could do.

#1 Cut Workout Time with HIIT Blasts

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By introducing HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts into your routine, you can reduce the time you spend at the gym. With HIIT, you don’t need more than 20 minutes, while it’s brilliant for muscle building and fat burning. Such short bursts of exercise can increase fitness levels and help burn more fat when compared to other types of exercise.

#2 Lunch Time Workouts

Medical News Today has reported that stronger muscles lead to a stronger brain. By going on a quick run around the block or by popping to the gym on your lunch break, you can avoid going back out after a rough day at work. Your mental state will be improved by the spike of endorphins, making you feel energized and fresh. Also, you’ll be more likely to make sensible food choices for your post-workout snack. Exercise is known to encourage healthy eating by changing the part of the brain that influences impulsive behavior. Also, the sun sets earlier in the winter, so if you’re about to go for a run at night, be sure to wear reflective tape for clothing for your own safety.

#3 Shake Up your Routine

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If you’re not feeling motivated, change your workout routine. Sometimes, all we need is a change of environment to boost our desire to work out. Visit a different gym, try a new fitness class, and alternate your workouts. If you feel that something gets in the way of your enthusiasm, effectiveness and excitement – even a subtle change can uplift your spirit.

#4 Exercise at Home

If there’s enough room in your home for you to be able to perform sit ups, squats, tuck jumps, press ups, and other complete body-weighted exercises, then clear your favorite area to make your own home gym. Make a list of your preferred workout music that motivates you, and start exercising. This will also eliminate travel to your local gym and save you some precious time and money.

#5 Go to the Gym with a Friend

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When those frosty winter nights that only make you want to hibernate come knocking at your door, planning your training time with a friend will keep you motivated and focus. It is a great social aspect of training that will have you looking forward to your gym time. And when there’s motivation, there are also physical benefits. You can help each other by measuring your goals, wake each other up early in the morning to go exercise, and simply make the whole process more fun. If you do see the gym as a daunting place, check out our tips on how to overcome gym intimidation.

#6 Keep Track of New Fitness Trends

Keep track of new trends in the fitness world, not just for the sake of it, but because you may find your next favorite workout routine. This will give you some new exercise ideas and inspire you to keep working out.

There’s a lot of things that a modern, busy man can do to motivate himself to keep working out during winter days. Even the smallest efforts count, so if you keep finding excuses for not trying to keep yourself fit – just take the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Whenever you realize that you can perform any simple activity with more dynamic, don’t hesitate to do it.

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I am passionate about many forms of strength training, and have spent years lifting, dragging and flipping all manner of heavy objects. After graduating from the Faculty of Health Sciences, I started writing about my experiences, and sharing tips for a better life. I am an all-around fitness adviser and my words are strong as an Australian Bull. I also blog at Riped.me

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