Cold mornings are slowly creeping in and, as a result, many of us leave for work in the dark and also get home from work in the dark. With it being so cold outside it is very hard to keep on track with your training. This is why we at MotivatePT are offering 6 tips and key essentials, to help you to continue your fitness routine throughout the winter.
- Invest in appropriate clothing – There’s no such thing as bad weather if you are prepared! Investing in thermal socks, gloves or long sleeved t-shirts will really help to motivate you to stay on track with your training. If it’s raining heavily, having a good waterproof top or jacket means you do not have an excuse to skip a workout. Pushing through the winter allows your fitness level to be maintained and continually improve just in time for the party season.
- Workout with a friend – having company whilst working out not only creates distraction from your freezing hands, it also gives you accountability and added pressure to get out of bed in the morning. For the reason that, if you cancel, you won’t just be letting yourself down you will also be letting someone else down too. On top of that, many studies have shown that by working out with a friend or partner, you will on average work out for longer. With added competition, you are also inclined to workout harder. Therefore, working out with a friend will not only help motivate you throughout the winter months, but you are also more likely to see results quicker too.
- Create a plan and stick to it! – Throughout your life you are able to schedule meetings and stick to them, so why don’t you schedule time for yourself and prioritise your health? Blocking out 1 hour every morning will help you to get into a routine. Also by scheduling your workouts it helps to encourage your motivation and allows you to be mentally prepared, each Monday morning for example.
- Get a Personal Trainer (PT) – Hiring an expert can work wonders. They will create fun and inspiring workouts which will mean that you will love each individual workout. Exercise should not be something which you dread, it should be the highlight of your week. A PT will help motivate you when your energy levels start to drop, and will push you to your limit which in turn, of course, will maximise your results. They will also ensure that whilst you are working they will inform you of the correct technique and form. Therefore, this will help you to avoid injury which could prohibit your training routine.
- Train indoors – When the wind is blowing, and the frost has swept through the park, it is extremely hard to force yourself to go for a run. Therefore, grab a pair of light dumbbells and train inside. Simply use your bodyweight to add resistance, there are many bodyweight exercises you can do, which are highly effective. Having an alternative plan to workout indoors allows your training schedule to carry on.
- Mix things up – It is very easy to get into a rut and to have the same exercise routine daily. Not only does this mean that your body will plateau and you will stop seeing changes. But, it also creates a lot of boredom. When you are not excited about your exercise routine, then this is the time that you will generally skip the workout all together. By making your routine fun and varied it also helps challenge your body, it also creates enthusiasm and drive and maintains your interest.
Don’t let this winter take over! Follow these tips and let this season highlight your dedication and determination, and end the year in the best shape possible.