Admit it-in the winter it’s a lot easier to make up an excuse to not work out than to just tough it out, but you have to stay motivated for winter exercise. However, exercise is a great way to avoid many of the symptoms that keep you from working out in the first place. When we exercise our heart pumps faster, helping us to heat up and sweat which flushes outour system and increase our body’s natural cold and flu killing cells. Just walking outside for an hour helps to chase away the winter blues; even if itlooks cloudy the tiniest bit of sunlight will improve your mood. Additionally, exercise will help you release stress from the pressures of holiday season.
So do your body a favor, and get back to your winter workout! Not sure where to start? Read these tips to learn how to stay motivated during your workouts
1.Challenge yourself: Sit down and create an exercise plan based on what you hope to achieve (weight loss, muscle mass increase, endurance) and the time frame you wish to see the results (this winter season, in a year, next month) and start working on achieving your goals! If you
have a hard time keeping your promises to yourself, tell a friend or post your goals on social media for additional support and advice.
2. Join an amateur sports league or running club: If gyms aren’t your thing, but you don’t want to work out alone, consider joining a group of like-minded people. You can look for these groups on Facebook, Twitter, Meetups, the local newspaper, or even by asking your coworkers and family members. Playing indoor soccer or running with a group to go get coffee will take the work out of your exercise routine while still benefiting from staying active.
3. Dress like you mean business: Wearing your old bleached sweatpants from high school to the gym may not be such a great idea. When we look better, we feel better and that motivation extends to our exercise. Better gym clothing isn’t just to look and feel more attractive indoors, it’s especially important to dress appropriately when working out outdoors to avoid getting sick, frostbitten, or worse. Wear wool socks, invest in layers that wick away sweat while keeping your body warm, and a hat that will stay in place.
While you are attaining you’re fitness goals, don’t forget to reward yourself for your hard work. Whether it’s buying the latest season of your favorite show to watch while you run on the treadmill or buying that caramel- marshmallow- peppermint- hot chocolate you’ve been craving all year-go for it, you deserve it.
As always, be sure to use gym wipes to prevent touching germs left by the last person on the treadmill or your old iPod you’ve found in the attic that would be the perfect music player while running.