Winter can be a tough time to motivate, we’re not going to skirt around it. The days are short, the temps are cold, and – depending where you live – the conditions may be too wet, muddy, or icy to really embrace the outdoors.

But! Don’t despair, we’ve got some thought-starters for how you can stay active and continue to fuel your body with good, clean nutrition.

Start early. We get it. We’re not always morning people either. But nothing beats a morning workout, because then you’ve got a positive start to the day, it’ll rev your metabolism, and if nothing else, you’ll be “DONE” working out for the day. And if you need a little extra oomph to start your workout, Orgain Sport Energy can help provide the boost you need with some plant-based energy.

Stay inside. Too cold out? Stay in! One good thing about the dip in temps is that it can be a great time to switch up what you’re doing to work out. So, if you were braving the heat to go swimming or hiking, colder days could be the time to craft a new home workout program. There are tons of free workout channels online and many apps have free trials for you to check out.

Get outside.We’re not trying to be confusing, we swear. While winter can be tough to get outdoors – winter weather may be just what’s needed! Skiing? Now’s your time. Same goes for snowshoeing and (sometimes!) hiking. And depending on the gear you’ve got, running through freshly fallen snow can be simply magical, albeit chilly. Let’s not forget too – workouts needn’t always look like a fitness class. They can come in the forms of chopping and stacking wood, sledding with the kids, and shoveling the front walk. Remember—a workout doesn’t always have to be work. It should also be fun!

Some general idea-starters:

  • No matter the weather, take your dog for a walk. Taste the fresh air!
  • Try an indoor workout class! It’s one silver lining of Covid - there are more free online workouts than ever before!
  • Have a snowball fight.

Rest and Recover. While this may not seem very “active” per se, recovery is just as important as your actual work out. Time spent stretching, meditating, reading, or even just lounging are important to let your muscles recover and your mind destress. Try adding some recovery support like Orgain Sport Recovery to your routine to help with hydration and inflammation along the way.

Fuel better. For many of us, winter means comfort food. It gets chilly, we break out the cable-knit sweaters, and before you know it, we’re elbows deep in some delicious stuff. Why not mix it up and cook or bake your favorites with something a little healthier. Everything from banana bread to peanut butter brownies can utilize Orgain Sport Protein to add a little more protein and nutrition to your favorite dishes.

So, while we all long for summer to stay forever, we forget that cooler temps can often reinvigorate us to get up, get out, and build some new routines. Show us what you’re doing to stay active this fall on Instagram by tagging @drinkorgain and use the hashtag #fuelbetterfeelbetter.