Winter Fit is a series where I interview Canadian fitness/outdoors bloggers and get a first hand look into how they stay fit and motivated during the long cold winter months.
This week, we’re talking to Linda from The Fitty. Linda is a high school student who already knows the value of a healthy lifestyle, something most of us don’t get until our 20s!
Hiya, I’m Linda! I blog over at http://thefitty.com. I am a runner, yogi, and hard HIITer living in Toronto Canada. I’m a fulltime student in my last year of high school studying performing arts. I eat paleo-keto and my favourite season is fall. I want to run a marathon and figure compete within the years to come. I love motivating and helping other people live life to their first, and thus why I aspire to be a health coach and personal trainer.
Where do you live and what are your winters like?
I live in Ontario Canada, where the winters are pretty darn cold(anyone remember the polar vortex we had last year?!). This winter we hardly had any snow, which is unusual, but we generally have cold winters varying from -10 to -30℃, which is enough to put me off of my runs! Dress warmly, and you should be able to survive the Canadian winters.
What are your go-to activities?
I do yoga, Pilates, HIIT, and running. When I have access to a gym, I also lift weights but generally, I workout at home.
How do stay motivated in the dark, gloomy winter months to stick to a fitness routine?
I always think to myself this when im feeling unmotivated: “you are just not warmed up.”
I swear, a good warm up will get the blood pumping through your body and prepare you for any movement. I force myself to warm up before deciding on skipping any workouts. Also, I workout in the mornings so I can get it off my chest for the rest of the day. It sets the tone right!
Do you do any winter activities?
As much as I wish I could, I don’t have the money to go skiiing or anything like that. I do what I generally do all year: running, Pilates, yoga, and Hiit. I highly suggest you take advantage of the whether and do something winter-related if the opportunity is presented to you!
Do you have a healthy comfort food recipe to share?
I have so many, actually, but two of my favourites are the Pork Tail Roast, which is an absolutely fantastic, belly-warming dish for winter, and The Best Cereal In The Whole Wide World, which is a lovely breakfast to wake up to.
What advice would you give for someone struggling to get up and moving during the winter when hibernation mode sets in?
Whenever possible, expose yourself to sunlight or take a walk outdoors. The cold air invigorates you so you’re not as sleepy and is a good break for the mind.
Warm up! Jogging, jump up and down, but make sure your warm up leaves you agile and breathing hard. A good warm up will set you in the mood for workout.
Do something fun, like dancing. Don’t always feel Ile you gotta do burpees for a “work-out”. When it’s cold outside, any movement is better than no movement, so just think of ways that keep you constantly in motion–hula hoop, fidget, walk!
And one last thing…
Flash workouts! Spontaneity takes the dreadful anticipation out of “omg…I have to do a workout…” If you’re reading this, do 25 jumping jacks. Go. Just do it! 😉