Even for those who are in great shape, it’s a unanimous feeling to remain motivated when the weather goes from chilly to brutal cold. It’s natural to want to huddle into a thick blanket after a long day at work, especially if the thought of going outside is daunting.
Remember, summer bodies are made in the winter, so if you continue with your routine by using our tips, you’ll remain motivated and look amazing by the time the snow thaws.
Here are 5 tips to help you avoid a winter workout rut.
Take Advantage of the Cold
One of the best ways to enjoy the cold is to embrace it, rather than shelter yourself on a treadmill. Take advantage of all the activities that come along with the winter. Whether you enjoy cross-country or downhill skiing, ice skating, or simply layering up to go on a run - go outside and add some diversity to your routine. The more snow there is in your workout, the more likely you are to burn more calories. This change in pace will likely keep things exciting and fresh and will motivate you to get off the couch.
Get New Gear
Of course, you’re more motivated to work out when you feel like you look the part. Often times, spending money on a new piece of workout gear can do just the trick. But don’t forget that in addition to the good-looking clothing, like pugs gloves or pugs beanies, you’ll feel warmer if your new clothing barres you from the temperature. Moreover, it’ll make your winter workout last much longer.
It's a Marathon Not a Sprint
At this time of the year, our busy schedules are likely filling up to the brim. If you’re tired or feeling the winter blues, don’t set a workout for the end of the day. Try fitting in exercise throughout the day. Walk, or bike to work if that’s an option. During your break, do some squats. Do whatever you have to do to keep your mind and body healthy.
Get a Workout Wingman
This goes hand in hand with the above. If you have the winter blues, it may be healthy to have someone to talk to and encourage you to work out when your mind is telling you otherwise. You’ll probably have a much better time getting fit if you’re doing it with someone else.
Overhaul Your Diet
Understandably, at this time of year, you’re likely drawn to the comfort of hearty foods and drinking dark beers or warm ciders. There is nothing wrong with that, but it’s essential to remember that you can’t outrun a bad diet. I myself wouldn’t even give up savory hot meals at this time of the year, but I would make conscious decisions about what I eat. Try baked chicken with sweet potatoes, or turkey chili accompanied with a glass of wine.
It’s easy to make excuses at this time of the year. The best self-discipline formulates during the winter season. Combat the seasonal blues and body with a positive and healthy mindset by trying to stay active as much as your schedule permits.