How To Stay Fit This Winter & All Year Long

How To Stay Fit This Winter And All Year Long

Trail Running in Quebec. (Photo: Phil Hospod)

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! February is a great time to check in with the running and fitness goals you made for 2015. The weather is frightful and the sofa is so delightful. How to stay fit when you just want to hibernate? Set some goals, stick with them, and mix up your workouts when things start to sour.

How To Stay Fit

Step 1: Set SMART goals—specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely.

How To Stay Fit This Winter and All Year Long

A winter run through Central Park in New York City (Photo: Phil Hospod)

Still looking to make or tweak your running resolutions for 2015? I’ve got 10 ideas meant to make you a happier, healthier runner:

10 Running Goals You Should Make for 2015

Revamp your 2015 planning with goals meant to make you a more well-rounded runner. Set the right goals and you’ll run faster, train smarter, and have more fun hitting the pavement in the new year.

Resolutions that merely focus on going faster may set you up for frustration down the road. Sure, speed can be part of your resolutions, but goals that also focus on training, friends, and having fun will make your 2015 more successful—and enjoyable. Check them out at SHAPE.com.

Step 2: Stick to your goals and fitness routine.

How To Stay Fit This Winter and All Year Long

Pro women race the Front Street Mile in Bermuda. (Photo: Phil Hospod)

Falling off the wagon already? Here’s something to motivate you: how quickly your fitness fades when you stop exercising completely.

But you can still dial back when need be and fight the fade with a few, short workouts:

Skipping Workouts? Your Fitness Fades Faster Than You Think

You can lose up to 50 percent of your hard-earned fitness gains in a single week of complete inactivity.

Now, I’m not talking about tapering; dialing back workouts before a big race puts you in peak performance shape.

But with every week that you don’t exercise at all, you chip away at any fitness you’ve built up in weeks or months prior.

Want to stay in shape during planned downtime or a busy schedule? You can with just a few short, intense workouts. Read more at SHAPE.com.

How To Stay Fit This Winter and All Year Long

Snowshoeing in Colorado. (Photo: RunKarlaRun.com)

Step 3: Mix up your workouts when you’re unmotivated.

Suffering from the mid-winter blues? I’ve got eight heart-pumping cardio alternatives that will keep you indoors but off the treadmill during the next blizzard or having fun in the snow when the weather is a winter wonderland.

Trying something new can reinvigorate your routine!

Cardio Workouts That Burn 300+ Calories in 30 Minutes

Running outside this time of year can be rough, but the “dreadmill” isn’t your only option for cardio exercise when the weather turns frightful.

Try these 8 calorie-blasting cardio workouts this winter (and beyond) to burn up to 600 calories in just 30 minutes. They’ll get your heart-rate pumping and help keep fitness fade at bay. Check it out at SHAPE.com.

Let’s make 2015 our fittest year yet!

So far, I’m off to a pretty good start. I’ve been doing a weekly tempo run that was part of my Running Resolutions For 2015. I’ve also been slowly building my mileage, upping my strength training and rolling, and making workouts a priority—all part of my goal planning. Plus, I’ve already run four of the 15 races I’ve pledged to knock out this year.

I was sidelined for 10 days by “The Cold That Ate Winter”—that awful cold/flu monster that’s been going around. But I got right back on track once I felt better, especially since I know how quickly we lose fitness gains!

So there goes January. On to February!

Karla Bruning

About 

Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.

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    I joined a gym in January and I’ve been motivated to go every day by switching up my workouts. I’ve tried different classes and it’s fun to try something new
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    That skipping workouts thing is so scary!!!

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      Terrifying!! Having been through knee/leg surgery with a LONG recovery period and having fallen back to fitness Point Zero in the process, I at least know firsthand that you CAN get it back with time and hard work. But I shudder at the thought of getting to that point again!
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