Winter is such a beautiful time of year but certainly not one that fills us with an overflow of motivation to stay fit and healthy.
As leaves turn orange, the air begins to chill, and daylight hours get shorter, it can be all too easy to skip the gym and relax on the sofa with a mug of coconut hot chocolate.
With the cold chill comes a higher temptation for carbo-luscious treats during the winter months so staying fit and healthy can be extra important.
That said, here are my top 10 tips for staying fit, healthy and motivated this winter:
1 – Plan Your Workouts
I believe that the more time we have to think, the more time we have to procrastinate… and to sneak back under those covers! Plan your workouts and pencil them into your calendar (or iphone) and tick them off when you’re done. Ticking them off will also give you a sense of accomplishment as you move closer to your health and fitness goals.
2 – Stay Warm & Workout at Home
If you skip your morning workout, try to squeeze a workout in during the evening. If you’re feeling extra lazy, put on your favourite TV programme, roll out your yoga mat and give me 10 x burpees, 10 x press ups, and 20 x squats during every ad break.
Now there’s no excuse!
3 – Indulge in Healthy Autumnal Carbs
Think baked sweet potato, celeriac mash, squash spaghetti or a pumpkin chilli. Indulging in nature’s winter delights will keep you both satisfied and healthy.
Moreover, foods high in vitamin C such as oranges, kiwis, red peppers, kale and brussel sprouts, plus foods high in zinc such as mushrooms, spinach, cocoa powder and chickpeas may help to relieve the symptoms and duration of a cold during the winter months.
4 – Invest in Winter Workout Gear
Bad weather can be made even worse by wearing inappropriate clothing. Winter exercise exposes your body to two kinds of wet: perspiration (sweat) and precipitation (the damp weather). This means you can’t just throw on any old T-shirt and sweats when going for a run.
Investing in a few thermal base layers will keep you warm and dry, especially if training outside. Plus, it will make training so much more enjoyable and comfortable.
I also recommend a thick beanie, there’s nothing worse than jogging with frozen ears!
5 – Move Your Phone
If you use your phone as an alarm clock, try to keep it away from your bed during the winter months. Having to get up and walk to your alarm clock to turn it off, will make you more likely to get up and stay up.
6 – Get Yourself a Training Partner
Working out with a friend will add accountability and make workouts more fun. If you commit to training with a friend, you are much less likely to bail on your workout. You don’t need to do every workout together, but committing to just two sessions each week will help you both stay on track.
7 – Stay Hydrated this Winter
Drinking cold water is the last thing most of us want during the colder months. Pimp up your hydration this winter with herbal teas or drink warm water with lemon. Staying hydrated will help to keep your skin clear, improve digestion, reduce fatigue and maintain healthy joints.
8 – Recreate Sunrise
Shortened daylight hours can bring with them the winter blues. To combat this, I recommend supplementing your diet with a quality vitamin D supplement which will aid calcium absorption and help maintain good bone health. And, to make mornings a little easier, I recommend investing in a bedside lamp that simulates natural daylight.
Select a wake-up clock that is endorsed by the National Sleep Foundation, and gradually increases the light thereby simulating sunrise. With a built-in clock and alarm, starting your day with simulated natural light can help activate your internal clock so you wake up feeling bright and alert.
9 – Set a Goal for the Spring
Set a goal for the spring such as running a marathon, entering a fitness competition or taking a vacation. With a goal or event to work toward you’ll be less likely to slack off.
10 – Invest in a Personal Trainer
Personal trainers are the masters of motivation and winter can be the perfect time to invest in one. If you don’t like gyms and it’s too cold for park fitness sessions then why not sign up for online personal training? It’s a great, affordable way to receive a customised fitness plan that you can do in the comfort of your own home. If you’d like custom fitness and nutrition plan designed around you and your lifestyle, check out The Petite PT online personal training options below.
There we are, my top 10 tips for staying motivated during the winter months.
What are your favourite tips for staying fit, healthy and motivated during the winter months? Let me know in a comments below.
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