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 Jennifer from Tri Hard Mama. She is another amazeballs mom who works full time, raises her three daughters, trains for triathlons (which I can’t seem to make time for) and blogs about her journey.

Introduce yourself 

Hi I am Jennifer From

 Where do you live and what are your winters like?

I live in a small community in Northwestern Ontario! Our winter starts in Late October and lasts until Early April!!! When I say winter, I don’t mean -10C I mean -40C for weeks at a time. The average temp in really -20 to -25 but the wind blows mean here and it creates average wind chill temps of -30 to -40C day and night. The air gets so dry that our skin cracks. It is really not very fun.

What are your go-to activities?

Being active in winter can be really hard. I cannot simply just throw on a jacket and hat and head out for a run like many other Canadians. Being outside for more than a few minutes means frostbite. And quite honestly, running outside in winter is no fun at all. So I turn to indoor workouts.

My favourite are Beachbody DVD programs like P90X3 and Piyo. I like having a calendar to follow and stick with it through to the end.

I also hit our local pool a couple days a week and have recently bought myself a road bike and trainer.

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

I don’t feel like our poor weather is an excuse to get lazy. Sure the days are very short, its dark when I get up and its dark before dinner. But I think that staying active helps me get through the winter blues! Plus staying active in winter keeps me looking great in case we decide to book a vacation to a HOT destination!!

Jennifer after a polar bear swim  new years day at -33C! Brrrrrr!

Jennifer after a polar bear swim new years day at -33C! Brrrrrr!

Do you have a healthy comfort food recipe to share?

Winter is also a great time to use my slow cooker or turn on my oven! I roast meat and chickens and make soup at least once a week! I also love getting to eat hot oatmeal and drinking loads of hot tea.

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

My advice – find something new and fun that you wont get to in the summer. I use summer for running and being outside and winter for yoga and strength training. Join a class or check out Beachbody workouts and Challenges!

When winter lasts as long as it does for me I have to embrace it and suck it up and make the most of it!


1 Comment

  • jeszaflik February 21, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Grat post Thanks so much for the shout out!! 🙂


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