Try these top tips to avoid the winter workout rut
Even though I consider myself reasonably fit, training is a constant challenge. With winter coming, some of us may opt for a more sedentary lifestyle than usual because of the cooler “damp” weather.
Have a look at these tips to avoid a winter workout rut so you can continue to make solid progress; when May 24 rolls around again, you’ll be looking and feeling great.
1. Embrace the cooler weather
One of the best ways to stay in shape during the cooler months is to get out there and just do it. Whether you choose running, skating or just walking, getting outside will be invigorating and provide a great change of pace from cooping yourself up inside all the time.
2. Grab yourself some new gear
New clothes or shoes can help you get outside, or into the gym, more often. I bought some reflective skin spread from Sportseller this week and I had to go for a run to test it out. New gear will help you get motivated and look and feel better while working out. Try to find a happy medium with your budget — don’t feel the need to spend too much to feel comfortable.
3. Take it slowly
This isn’t really the time of year for half-days or long weekends. When work is really bogging you down, or if you’re on a tight schedule, try and set goals for smaller bouts of exercise until you are ready to incorporate a longer time frame. Set aside an intense 15 to 20-minute exercise session so you can get back to the office.
4. Set a big goal
The New Year is fast approaching. It doesn’t matter what we’ve already been doing in 2017. Set a new goal — now! If you don’t have a set training goal, or have been slacking off with the one that you’ve made, change it up! Whether you want to lose weight, gain weight, or just be consistent, set a reasonable goal and make it as specific as possible. For example, try getting strong enough to do a full push-up or a handstand or whatever you desire.
5. Grab a partner
Training with a friend is one of the best ways to be accountable.
Committing to train with someone, whether it’s a friend or personal trainer, adds a different level of effort in your training. If you’re exercising with someone else, that means you’ll have to keep to more of a set schedule — no more putting off the gym until it’s so late you decide to cancel. You’ll be pushing each other to achieve more and you’ll probably have a much better time getting fit than you’d have alone.
6. Refresh your workout playlists
Research the best genre of music that you enjoy. Add some new songs and keep some of your all-time favourites. The best music to exercise to is normally between 120-140 beats per minute.
7. Keep your diet in check
We all know that we should eat healthier, but winter is when most people stay inside, warm up their peas and rice, mac ‘n’ cheese and sit off! There’s nothing wrong with that occasionally. However, you can’t out-train unhealthy eating. Try and stay focused on keeping your meals balanced and healthy.
8. Try something completely new
I can’t stress this enough. Try a new class. There are loads of options on the island. It will help keep your training interesting and exciting.
Have a fabulously fit winter season and B-Active For Life!
•Betty Doyling is a certified fitness trainer and figure competitor with more than a decade of experience. Check her out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/B.ActiveForLife</i>