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How to Start Your Winter Fitness Plan

Wondering how to stay active during the winter? Here's how.

January, the month of bad roads, freezing cold, and low fitness levels. Even if fitness is on the top of your New Year’s resolution, you may find that staying active isn’t easy during winter. Freshman Haley Gentry uses her school day to her advantage to stay fit. “I’m in Club Volleyball. We practice two days a week after school, and I have gym every other day, so I workout six out of the seven days in a week.” 

For students who aren’t involved in a winter sport like volleyball, basketball, or hockey it may seem hard to find a daily workout plan that’ll last. At-home workouts are becoming increasingly popular post-pandemic. Now, more than ever is a great time to blow the dust off those musty yoga mats and dumbbells you’ve been avoiding.

“I have a lot of activity options to choose from,” says Evie Dockendorf ’26. “There’s a stable bike at home, the track after school, and my little brothers to play with if I really want a serious workout.” 

And if those mats and dumbbells aren’t intense enough, stop by the Weight Room. It’s totally free, after school on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:35 to 4:45, although you can stay until 5:15 to finish your lifts. It’s an amazing workout for both in season and out of season athletes.

“When I’m out of season I use the weight room after school to stay active and prepared for when my season does start,” says Seth Cotton ’25.

If you’re looking for something more moderate, put on some running shoes and a jacket and you’re ready for a jog in the cold – just watch out for ice.

“I walk two miles a day,” says Elsa Emons ’26. “One mile to school, and one back, I’ve learned to look forward to it when I start my day.”

These are just a few ways you can keep your physical fitness up. Just don’t forget to bring water, a notebook, pencil, rest days, and a boat load of patience. Once you have all of that, you’re set to start your winter fitness plan.

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Rose Lamberts

Avid reader, writer, and runner.

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