The weather is turning a little colder and with the shorter, darker days your motivation to exercise may well be fading so in this post we give you 4 top tips to beat those winter blues and keep your winter workouts on track.
1. Set a new short term goal
A summer holiday or a wedding are just about the two biggest targets we come across the most in our industry but a close third is the Christmas party. So whether you need to fit into that little back dress or look good in your tux, use the christmas party as your short term goal leading up to December and then think again come January.
2. Work your whole body in every workout
If you go to the gym make sure you do compound exercises such as Press Ups , Pull Ups , Squats and Lunges which all work the major muscle groups and so help you to burn more calories and get into shape more quickly.
If you do a fitness class then chances are you are going to cover most of your body whatever class it is and then you have running, swimming and cycling if you prefer a slightly more outdoors approach. If you do these outdoor activities then why not throw in some press ups and crunches when you get home?
3. Try something new
As the season changes so could your workouts? Try a different class or take up a new activity and, who knows, you could even think about hiring a personal trainer! You will get better results and your body will change shape much more quickly if you change what you do. It doesn’t have to be a huge change but adding or changing one thing could well have a significant impact on your body shape and fitness levels.
4. Change your food according to the weather
Porridge is a great start to the day during winter time as it’s hot and warming and is low on the glycemic index which means you will fuller for longer and you can always add nuts and/or fruit to the porridge if you need to make it a little tastier. For lunches and evening meals you have soups, broths and casseroles which should be stacked with vegetables of course, but just take it easy on the bread rolls, rice and potatoes!
So, these are just four tips to help you get through the winter workout blues but I’m sure there are many more out there so please get in touch and let me know what has worked for you in the past. As always I would love to hear from you!