Tuesday, 31 October 2017

17 Things To Try When Working Out In Winter

Even when you’re the most motivated of people, finding the desire to work out in winter can be tough. You can have your routine down, you can be inspired by your results, and you can even know that focusing on your health and fitness is going to help you to feel good; but somehow, the winter months just make you feel unmotivated. With the colder weather, darker nights, and bad conditions outside, it’s just so much easier to want to stay in bed for an extra hour, or get straight home to your sofa. But when you really want to stay on track, you’re going to want to try anything you can.

And there are definitely things that can help you want to exercise and eat well - even when an extra helping of pudding calls. Because we all know that as the months go by, we’re all going to be coming up with reasons why we can’t make that class, don’t want to go for a run, or just need the extra carbs for comfort. So let’s look into ways that you can keep yourself on track even at the worst of times. With a bit of balance, and a selection of these seventeen ideas, you should get through winter as fit and healthy as you can.

Change Your Workout Time

First of all, you might find that changing your workout times can help. This isn’t always going to be the best option for everyone, but it’s often a good way to make sure you stay on track as the seasons change. If you usually work out in the mornings and you’re struggling to get up early, then why not go after work instead? Or if you don’t want to go after work, get up earlier and do it before work instead. You may even find that a midday workout is better for you at this time of year too.

Go With The Girls

Maybe you struggle to motivate yourself? Well then, instead of trying to go on your own and completely failing to get yourself there, commit to going with some friends instead. Exercise is always better with friends, so if you can rope in some girls from the office, or some other mums you know, you may find that you find it easier to stay focused and committed to your winter fitness regime.

Do More At Weekends

If trying to get more done in the week is really putting a strain on your happiness and your schedule, then scrap it altogether and go for a weekend workout or two instead. That way, you can make sure you stick to your work or family commitments and fit your workouts in around them instead. This can often be really good for you if you have more time on the weekends anyway.

Do It As A Family

Sometimes, you start to get strapped for time when there’s not enough ‘day’ time anymore (thank you winter nights!). When that’s the case, why bother waiting until your little ones are in bed? Just do it all together instead? That way, you can get the entire family involved and have fun at the same time. A good idea for this would be to play sports together as a family.

Get Active

Next, you could think about how you could get active without really ‘exercising’ - according to your mind anyway. When it's cold and dark, you don’t always feel in the mood to workout. So trick your mind instead. These activities are great for working out without realising it. So if you want to do something to stay active, but not feel the pressure to actually ‘work out’ then these ideas are great.

Try New Recipes

But the physical process of working out if just half the battle. Because the other side of things is your diet. And when winter comes around, you really want to say hello to all of the carbs and kick the idea of any kind of diet out the window. But you don’t have to! With these hearty and healthy winter dishes, you can get your winter feast on and still be good. You don’t have to pile on the pounds over winter if you’re just smart about what you make!

Rotate Your Meal Plans

Then, you should definitely start to think about shaking your meals up too. When you usually stick to one kind of meal plan, you can soon get bored of it when winter comes around. Instead of letting that happen, try a bunch. From the ketosis diet to the Atkins, give a few different mainstream meal plans a go, rotating them every so often to keep you interested. Then you can stay in shape without getting bored.

Increase Your Carbs

Next up, if you think you’re going to struggle to carry on with any kind of diet that you’ve been doing throughout summer and autumn, why not think about increasing your carbs for a short period of time? You may even want to just do it a few times a week, so you feel as if you have enough energy to get through your workouts as well as feel a little more comforted in the cold too.

Hire A Nutritionist

Or maybe that’s not even going to cut it. If you’re an all or nothing kind of person that can’t be trusted to up their carbs just a little, you’re going to need a little more help. For this, you could think about finding yourself a nutritionist. There are lots of different healthy eating Instagram accounts you could follow to help with this, or even a range of health and fitness experts that can set a meal plan for you.

Hire A Trainer

And while we’re on the topic of hiring people, you could also think about hiring a trainer too. If you really are struggling to keep to any kind of exercise regime, this could be the best solution for you. When you have someone to hold you accountable and push you, it’s easier to want to work out too.

Move To A New Gym

Or maybe it’s the distance and time it takes for you to get to the gym that’s putting you off? In winter, you need to make this as easy on yourself as possible. So why not move to a gym that’s closer to home or close to your work? That way you’ll feel more motivated to go and won’t have any excuses about it taking too long.

Reduce Your Workout Plan

If it's your actual workouts that’s putting you off, change them. There’s no real need to do anything too intense at this time of year, so you should definitely think about working with something a little lighter. That way, if you know you can get it done quicker, and still have more energy for work or home, then you’ll be more incentivised to go.

Incentivise Yourself

And about that, you might be more incentivised to go if you actually incentivise yourself at the same time. And no, not with food! Don’t promise yourself cake if you make it to the gym. Instead, use non-food rewards to keep you interested and going. That way, you can give yourself something to look forwards to when you’ve been able to stay on schedule.

Keep A Journal

You may even find that if you hold yourself accountable, that’s incentive enough to keep you on track! While some may need a trainer to make them turn up and get them through each workout at certain times of the year, for you, it may be as simple as knowing you’re not failing. Because if you have to write in a diary what you’ve done, having to leave blank pages may guilt you into going!

Set Up Health & Fitness Social

Similarly, it may work for you if you think about setting up a health and fitness related social media profile. Lots of people have an Instagram account solely to track their eating plans and workouts. So why can’t you? If you have to photograph everything you eat and post it on Instagram, it will definitely make you think twice about slipping up and keep you motivated to stick to your workouts too.

Make Guilt-Free Indulgences

And don’t forget to indulge. But don’t go wild. You don’t need to gorge on all of the naughty stuff when winter arrives. In fact, sometimes, you could work on switching out for healthier alternatives instead. That way, you feel as if you’re eating what you want, but you’re making healthier choices too.

Make Yourself A Promise

Finally, you should think about promising yourself something to get you through. Kind of like the idea of incentivising yourself, but on a much bigger scale. Say, if you can get results and not do too badly by February or March, you’ll finally book yourself on that holiday that you’ve spent the winter dreaming about!

By choosing a few of these, or even working on all seventeen, you should find that you’re able to get through the winter months without falling off the health and fitness wagon too much!

*This is a collaborative post*


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