Winter Fit is a series where I interview Canadian fitness/outdoors bloggers and get a first hand look into how they stay fit and motivated during the long cold winter months.

This week, we’re talking to Becky from the  The Bex Factor. She’ s a fellow Albertan who is balancing a healthy lifestyle with being a single mom. Here’s how she survives the winter.


Introduce yourself 

Hi everyone! I’m Becky, the face behind The Bex Factor. I’m a 20-something working mom to a goofy two year old with a love of fitness and my community. My passions include leading a healthy lifestyle through yoga, running, Crossfit, obstacle racing and healthy eating, and discovering the best local things to eat, see and do. Come on over to the blog and say hi!

 Where do you live and what are your winters like?

I live in Red Deer, Alberta, a small city located right in the middle of Calgary and Edmonton. Our winters are loooooooooooooooooong, with temperatures often reaching -30C and lots of snow.

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What are your go-to activities?

My current ways to stay fit are through yoga at home and running on my lunch breaks at work. I’m a huge fan of obstacle racing as well and try to do at least one every summer.

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

Honestly, it’s hard to do. I leave the house in the dark of night and return home in the dark of night which makes it hard to want to do much on those cold winter nights. Since my workout time is limited as a single mom who works full time, I make sure I schedule my times to work out, whether it’s after my son is in bed, or when he’s with his dad. This winter I plan to stick to my running routine on my lunch breaks, taking advantage of the daylight while I can. Winter running will definitely be a new experience for me though!

Do you do any winter activities?

My winter activities involve staying warm indoors.

Do you have a healthy comfort food recipe to share?

My favourite cold weather recipe is this Butternut Squash Bacon Soup from Chatelaine magazine.

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

Find a buddy and keep each other motivated, sign up for your favourite class and try not to use weather as an excuse! Fitness is a year round activity, not just beach season!

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  • thebexfactor November 25, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Thanks for featuring me!

    • Betty LIVIN November 25, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Absolutely! Thanks for sharing your wisdom! 🙂


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