The shorter days, longer nights and colder weather aren’t exactly the greatest motivating factors to go outside and exercise. However, studies have shown that an interruption in a workout routine can greatly reduce your fitness levels. Which is why we’ve compiled some great tips and advice to working out during the winter, so your motivation to get fit during then maintains and grows.
BE BRIGHT: Working out in the cold means your body has to work harder to regulate its core temperature. This in turn helps you burn more calories. However, if you are exercising outdoors in the dark, make sure you can be seen by wearing reflective gear to keep you safe.
FIND A WORKOUT BUDDY: Finding a gym buddy can be one of the best motivators of all. Being able to encourage and push each other throughout your workouts will help keep you motivated. What’s more, setting a specific time and place for a workout with that someone will help you stick to that commitment better.
FUEL YOURSELF PROPERLY: Less sunlight during the late fall and winter months can reduce serotonin levels in the brain. This then triggers cravings for comfort food and carbohydrates, which ultimately can through your diet and fitness plan all out of whack. Make sure you are watching your intake of unhealthy carbs and also make sure to get enough protein to help re-build muscle and encourage its growth.
SET GOALS: Exercising for the sake of it can be tough, so keep your focus by having a fitness goal to aim for. In summer, getting motivated to look good in a bikini is a popular goal many aim for. For winter, try using that same motivation to fit in the perfect holiday dress!
TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT: If the cold weather forces you indoors, try taking a new and different workout class. The variety will spice up your boring workout routine and help keep you engaged. This also provides your body a new challenge to take on.