As winter approaches, you might be wondering how you cycling will fit in once it is cold. You can dress appropriately in cold weather and still enjoy the benefits of outdoor cycling. However, when the roads get snowy and icy, it will become more difficult to bicycle. You need to continue cycling and working out your lower body in other ways even when you can’t bike on the road. If you don’t, next spring just might be harder to bike than it was the last time.
Get a bike trainer and use it!
One of the best things about cycling is that it can be a year round exercise! If there is snow on the ground and the conditions will not permit you to ride around town, you can always get a bike trainer and hook up to it instead. I would recommend a bike trainer before a stationary bike too because your used to your bike and you need to keep gaining experience on it instead of some machine that you will never take out on the road. The great thing about a bike trainer too is that you get to go cycling in the comforts of your own home and you get temperature control as well.
Sign up for a spinning class!
If you want to go the stationary bike route, instead of buying one for several hundred dollars, try spending less each month and join a spinning class instead. A spinning class is exercise bikes and training! At a spinning class, you can also meet other cyclists which are a great thing. Who knows, there other cyclists may join you on the road when the weather gets nice again. Spinning with others will also motivate you to keep exercising as well verses spinning on your own. Be social and get out there and meet others while staying in fit for this winter!
Running is great as well!
I have been taking up running during the cold months myself. Running is a fast paced exercise that will make you work up a sweat really fast. If you started out being cold, by the time you are done with you run, you will likely be hot and drenched in sweat. Running is good for you and it gives your heart a very healthy workout. You can also lose quite a bit of pounds if you keep your running going strong. A lot of professional cyclists will run in the off season so why can’t you? Lastly, running will help to keep you in shape for when it’s time to get back on the bike in the warm months.
Remember to eat healthy!
Just because its winter and you’re not cycling much, doesn’t mean you should not eat healthy as much either. A lot of people with weight loss problems will essentially gain back their fat during the winter months simple because it’s too cold to continue on with their fitness activities. Winter months usually have a lot of celebrations as well with big dinners. While it’s not that big of a deal to consume a big dinner every now and then, it’s a big deal if you’re not burning calories as well. You need to continue eating healthy during the winter as you would when you were cycling during the warm months.
Thanks for reading and I hope this article has helped you continue your fitness activities well into the cold months!