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How to Fit in Fitness During the Winter Months

A couple briskly walks in winter weather gear

It’s cold, you’re busy, and the focus is on food and family, not working out. Don’t let the holidays set back your fitness goals. With a little discipline and determination, you can stay on track and enjoy your traditions and time off. Try these tips:

  • Power walk between errands.1 Walk an extra block or lap while you’re shopping or walking to a friend’s house to drop off a card or gift. 
  • Get the family moving. Instead of a board game or a movie, encourage your family to get up and move. Go for a walk, go roller or ice-skating, or just put on some music and dance around the living room.
  • Give yourself a present. New workout clothes, new fitness equipment, a new fitness tracking device or a new gym membership might help you stay motivated when you’re tempted to take it easy.
  • Start a new family tradition. Many communities have holiday-themed walks or runs between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Sign up with family or a group of friends, and plan to do it again next year.
  • Keep workout clothes and shoes in your car. If you’re always prepared, it’s easy to stop at a park, gym or walking track and fit in a workout on the go.2
  • Go sightseeing on your feet. If you’re traveling for the holidays, take a walking tour of nearby attractions and landmarks. Make sure you check the weather and dress appropriately.
  • Don’t get discouraged. If you fall off the wagon and skip a workout or have an extra holiday cookie, chalk it up to being human and resolve to do better. Don’t let a little step back become a big backslide.


  1. The Greatist. S Breene. 15 Surefire Strategies to Stay Fit from Thanksgiving to New Years. November 27, 2013. Accessed October 23, 2018.
  2. Active. S Lindberg. 14 Simple Ways to Stay Fit During the Holidays. Accessed October 23, 2018.

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This content is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.


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