Winter Running: Bad Weather Alternatives

Over the winter months I have been running a “Winter Running” feature, looking at different aspects of exercising during the colder months. Posts will range from skincare, to how to deal with asthma and cold weather. Let me know if you have anything specific you’d like to see featured!

Check out my first post here on making sure you stay safe and seen when exercising in the dark winter evenings.  

Winter Running: Bad Weather Alternatives

Today I want to talk about how to fit in a sweat session when the weather really isn’t favourable! Good on you if you can manage to tough it out through the snow and ice- it can be a great way to make your run more challenging and, with such beautiful scenery, more interesting! However, sometimes that just isn’t possible, or safe, and particularly for people who struggle with asthma (like myself) running in cold weather can really aggravate the condition and make breathing hard work.

Winter Running: Bad Weather Alternatives

Here are some of my alternatives to pounding the pavements…

1. Take your running to the treadmill or your cycling to the turbo trainer. I find running on the treadmill pretty boring, so I try to do intervals or hill sessions varying the speed and incline to keep things interesting! Here are some of my latest workouts for half marathon training:

Winter Running: Bad Weather Alternatives

Both of these take under half an hour, so are perfect to squeeze in during your lunch break or a quiet moment.

2. Do a DVD/YouTube video. I have a playlist on YouTube of Yoga for Runners videos, as well as some Foam Roller Exercises for Runners which are great to turn to on a rest day or after a workout.

Winter Running: Bad Weather Alternatives

3. Mix it up with some indoor cross-training– head to a climbing wall, an exercise class or a badminton court. Try something new! Sweaty Betty are a great option if you’re trying to save some money, offering free classes at their studios up and down the country,  ranging from Pilates, Yoga, Boxfit and Barrecore!

4. Make up your own indoor circuit, using weights, bodyweight exercises, skipping rope- whatever you have to hand. Steph and I used to do outdoor circuits during our work lunch-hour, but a lot of these can be adapted to indoor sessions too- check out my Pinterest board for more ideas!

Winter Running: Bad Weather Alternatives

5. Try a snowy workout- embrace the cold weather and go ice skating, sledding, even shovelling snow can be hard work!

6. Sneak some more activity into your daily routine. Since buying a Jawbone UP24 in the Black Friday sales, I’ve become much more aware how inactive I can be during the day. I make a point to get up at regular intervals in the office to refill my glass of water, make a cup of tea, or go and speak to colleagues rather than sending emails. If you can, maybe try and get off the train/bus a stop earlier and walk that last stretch to work too!

Where do you draw the line with cold winter weather? How do you fit in a workout when the weather is too bad to run? 

Beki x

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  • Reply lou lives well

    I've just started going on lunchtime walks to get more active during the day when I would otherwise be very sedentary! It's really great to get some air into your lungs and it totally reinvigorates you! Less hassle than kitting up for a run at lunchtime as well 🙂 I love your idea of a yoga playlist on YouTube. I just signed up to Yoga Glo which I love – they have an app so you can watch your chosen videos offline too, yay!

    February 9, 2015 at 3:24 pm
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    So many awesome ideas Beki! I always forget how tough running in the winter is until the pavements become icy, it gets dark and so cold!

    February 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Maria

    I am really lucky that I live close to a business park where they grit the pavements – a few times it has been so bad that I have just run up and down the same mile of pavement to get my run in, as everywhere was icy.

    February 9, 2015 at 8:53 pm
  • Reply Lauren (@poweredbypb)

    I think we've been very lucky with the weather down south this winter, hardly any icy mornings at all, and it hasn't been that cold so not too much of a problem to get workouts in. I think indoor circuits/weight sessions or yoga are always a good option.

    February 10, 2015 at 8:34 pm
  • Reply Hermione

    Hey, this post is really useful 🙂 I just got a fitness tracker bracelet and it's scary how little I move during the day. I'm definitely going to try the yoga videos, they look really good 🙂 I also try to carry some weight on the treadmill, I find that + incline is a really good workout.

    February 11, 2015 at 9:31 am
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