I am starting a new weekly blog interview series called ‘Winter Fit’ where Canadian bloggers share how they keep fit during the long, cold Canadian winters. I’m sick of reading winter fitness tips for mild climates because when it’s -30 there’s a frostbite warning, you aren’t going to bundle up and go out for a run (I know some crazy people do but not the average person). Every winter is a major struggle for me to fight the hibernation mode that sets in.

I approached bloggers I’ve followed for some time and bloggers I recently met through Girls Gone Sporty & SweatPink. I asked these wonderful women what they do in the winters and how they manage to stay motivated through the long, bleak months.

I hope you enjoy this series, I know I’m going to enjoy hearing how other Canadian gals cope with the cold.

To kick off the series, we have Amy from The Little Honeybee.

Amy bio pic

Introduce yourself

Hi, I’m Amy! I’m a former NCAA athlete, Twinkie eater and calorie counter. Now I’m into CrossFit, running, yoga and eating real food. I blog over at The Little Honey Bee about eating and loving real, nutritious food (ditching nutrition dogma and processed gunk), staying active (moving our bodies to find strength and confidence) and most importantly: loving ourselves.

Where do you live and what are your winters like?

I live in Toronto, Canada and as you could probably guess our winters are cold! Often snowy, but always cold.

What are your go-to activities?

I am currently training for my first marathon so I am an avid runner. I also love to CrossFit and enjoy a yoga or spin class every once in awhile.

How do you stay motivated in the dark, gloomy winter months to stick to a fitness routine?

I focus on my goals – which is being the healthiest, happiest and fittest version of me. When I am training for something (like the marathon), I know that I need (and want) to put the time/effort into training in order to succeed. I make fitness a priority by planning and scheduling it into my life. Sometimes that means waking up in the dark and running in the cold. It takes getting used to but it’s worth it in the end.

Do you do any winter activities?

Unless shovelling snow counts, I am not much of a snow bunny. I am more of a sunshine and summer kind of girl 🙂

Do you have a healthy comfort food recipe to share?

I love chilli or a good hearty stew! I used to make my bean and sweet potato stew alllll the time – now I’ll probably sub some ground beef for the beans #paleo Recipe:

What advice would you give for someone struggling to get up and moving during the winter when hibernation mode sets in? 

My biggest advice would be to find a workout buddy and schedule your workouts like appointments. It is much easier and motivating to workout with someone – whether that it a significant other, sibling or friend, doing something together is more fun than on your own. I also always make a “flexible” workout schedule. Some unexpected plans might arise but otherwise I stick to it.

Amy Goodlife Half Action Shot - May 2014 copy


  • Amy November 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks so much for the feature! It’s starting to feel like winter around here…

    • Betty LIVIN November 4, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      Thank you for sharing your secrets! We’ve already had our first snow storm in Southern Alberta. It’s heeeeere!

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