How do you plan to stay fit this winter and start off 2018 with a healthy New Year's Resolution? For most people, the cold season presents a daunting challenge in maintaining an active routine and most often we let our fitness programs and routines take a back seat to the cold weather.
So how do you avoid this scenario and ensure you stay fit and healthy in 2018 and keep your New Year's Resolution? We believe your health is more important than taking a winter break so we put together a few ideas to help you keep you fit during the winter season. Here are our best tips for beating the winter blues and keeping your workout on course.
So I recommend the same for you – what’s your fitness goals – is it to get a hot trimmed body? Is it to shed off those extra pounds around the waist? I bet you that you are always reminding yourself why you’re doing this in the first place and this type of attitude will keep the fire burning even while the cold wind is blowing.
Keep a positive mindset: Nothing beats looking at the brighter side of life which can be done while engaged in a workout. Sure, the weather can get snowy and the temperature hitting sub-zero; however, this is the best time to lose weight so don't relax this winter, get more active.
During cold seasons, your metabolism speeds up to generate more heat hence compensating for the fall in environmental temperature. So, get your kits on and hit the gym.
Be accountable to someone: Now that you’d rather snuggle up in your warm bed than hit the gym, it’s time to get set up with someone who can help keep you accountable. This works the opposite way as well and is a great strategy to keep you and a friend / loved one motivated.
This is how it works: Knowing that you have an agreement with a friend to meet up with and workout together will give you the extra boost to get up and head out for the exercise. You don’t want to be the one breaking pacts, right?
Spread your workout within the day: There’s no reason why you shouldn’t work out, even if your job is bogging you down with projects and busy work. Schedule small intervals throughout the day when you can exercise, for instance, you can work in a ten-minutes stretching session in your day, a twenty minutes brisk walk session during a break, and decide to use the stairs in the morning and after work. Always look for the bathroom that is furthest away from your desk and if you go out for lunch - choose a place you can walk to.
You’ll find out you’ve put in over 30 minutes worth of exercise for the day while at work.
Incorporate new routines into your schedule: You don’t have to do the same set of workouts day in day out, in fact, that’s a recipe for boredom and stagnation. Instead, try out new moves, mix things up or just go completely in a different direction with your exercising. Think Yoga, CrossFit, kettlebell training or anything else you haven’t tried and would love to do.
Revamp your training gear: Getting a new training kit does two things for you; one, you are psychologically primed to test your new kit – hence it's more comfortable heading out to train. The second is that you’re adequately kitted for the season, so the new gear keeps you warm, and you’re able to work out better.
Turn your home into your gym: No you don’t have to get your home fitted with different training gadgets nor spend tons of money to turn your home into a studio. All you need is a workout DVD to train along with, and your body weight and you’re set. You might decide, however, to invest in few pieces of gym equipment.
Hence, for those days when the weather refuses to corporate, you’d be ready to continue your exercise in the comfort of your home.
Wrapping it up
So, there you have it, following these tips will surely get you in the frame of mind of working out during these cold months and when summer comes, you will have accomplished kicking some pounds into submission by staying fit during the 2018 Winter season.