How to Stay Fit in the Cold Weather

If you're like us, you're probably tempted to spend January in hibernation mode. After all, Brookline winters usually activate our hot-chocolate-by-the-fire genes. The onset of winter doesn't have to mean packing on the pounds, though. Kick off 2016 the healthy way with our tips for staying fit this winter.

  • Rediscover ice skating
  • Try Koko FitClub
  • Get creative!

Daughter & Father at Kirrane Ice Skating Rink in Brookline, MA Want a fun way to stay in shape? Relive your childhood with a trip to the ice-skating rink this January! This old-school activity offers impressive calorie-burning capabilities; a 135-pound woman burns 450 calories in an hour of skating at a moderate pace. Take the kids, pair up with a date or enjoy solo skating at Kirrane Ice Skating Rink. The rink is open seasonally through March 6th, 2016. Hours vary, so call first.

23 Newton Street Brookline MA 02445 617.879.4998

--- Working Out with Personal Trainer at Koko FitClub in Brookline, MA If going to the gym usually results in frustration, maybe it's time for something new. Our top pick for 2016 is Koko FitClub. This Brookline gym removes the guesswork from working out by creating custom fitness plans for each member. Your monthly membership fee includes a plan tailored to your needs for each and every visit, so there are no worries about racking up crazy fees for personal training sessions here. Simplicity and fast results explain why Koko made the Boston A-List's fitness category in 2014.

39 Harvard Street Brookline MA 02445 617.566.5656

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Need a budget-friendly option that fits your schedule in 2016? Use whatever resources are available at the time. Leave for work a little early and substitute the stairs for the elevator. Pick up some fitness DVDs or rent them at the library. Avoid the cold by walking at the mall. Squeeze in a quick, quiet, effective workout using resistance bands. If you're in good shape and your doctor approves, earn brownie points by shoveling a neighbor's driveway -- after you dig your way out of your own, of course. The possibilities are endless this January!

Whether you join a gym, enjoy some family-friendly fun or go DIY, staying in shape throughout the 2016 winter months is entirely doable. Take advantage of the resources available in Brookline, or get resourceful on the home front. You'll be glad you did when sweater season ends!

 

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