Have a backup plan for the mornings that you’ll wake up and it’s colder than usual
This week I thought it might be good to look at the impact of the winter months and address some strategies to combat the colder weather and maintain your mojo!
For many of us winter can completely change our lifestyle and we create habits to suit the colder weather, health and fitness can for many of us can be placed on the back burner and replaced with lazy days in front of the television curled up under a doona trying to stay warm. We can also crave the warm comfort food of hot pots and partake in those little extra treats – anything to keep us toasty inside and out. But unfortunately they can have a negative impact on our health, weight, metabolism and overall general wellbeing.
If we aim to stay active and fit over the colder months it will put you in good stead for the summer months ahead when you are ready for more activity and embrace the outdoors-including putting on the summer swim suit or bikini!
Here are six helpful tips to staying in shape over winter:
1. Create a seasonal timetable that suits your lifestyle changes over winter – if you are finding it a struggle to get up in the mornings and exercise then try finding another time of the day that suits you better, like lunchtime or straight after work.
2. Setting a winter training goal can often help to stay motivated – pick an event to train for and even get some friends on board to do it with you and you can all work together to achieve your goal. Register for an event or buy the tickets and that way you have already made the commitment. It’s a great opportunity to try something new and have some fun.
3. Diarise your workouts – it is completely okay to set the bar a little lower during the winter months especially if you are looking to maintain the gains you have made during the warmer months. Get yourself a diary and commit to a minimum number of workouts and mark them off once you have done them. If you treat them as if they are an important meeting that you cannot get out of then you are more likely to do them. Remember no excuses!
4. Go shopping and get yourself some new gear for the gym to keep you motivated – if you look good and feel comfortable you are more inclined to show up and stay on track.
5. Utilize your workout time better so that you can maximize your training and have more down time under the covers at home. Try some high intensity training where you work harder in a shorter space of time – these workouts have been proven to get amazing results.
6. Have a backup plan for the mornings that you’ll wake up and it’s colder than usual. Get some Personal training and make the trainer ring you to get you out of bed and to show up – if that doesn’t work then get a trainer to come to your house. Arrange to meet a friend to workout with and you can even car pool it so that you have to get out of bed.
Most of all exercise is a great way to combat those winter blues that we can suffer from over the colder months when the skies are a little greyer and gloomier and our energy levels become lower.
So stay focussed and on track and before you know it our warm summer days will be back again and we will be ready.
Shelley Myatt is the owner and operator of Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-Being, Columnist, Life Coach & Motivational Speaker based in Toowoomba, Qld.