Beat the Winter Workout Blues
Answer: You're not alone; the colder temps make us want to crawl under the covers, too. Our style director, Julia Hecker, swears by taking an annual trip somewhere tropical at the end of January: "The idea of getting into a bikini keeps me on my best behavior throughout the holidays," she says. Another trick is to consider committing to running or walking a race in the spring, says Mike Bracko, an exercise physiologist in Calgary, Alberta.
Pay your entrance fee now; this will give you reason to train during the winter months. Whenever you need an extra push, try buying new exercise shoes or clothes -- which are often on sale during the post-holiday season. "Feeling good about the way you look at the gym gives you an incentive to go," says Bracko.
Originally published in Fitness magazine January 2006.
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