You may have noticed that the days are already getting shorter, and darkness is creeping in earlier and earlier each evening. Gone are the beautiful sunset hours made for barbecuing with friends and hot summer’s days for walking and enjoying the great outdoors. With these longer nights comes the increasingly powerful desire to snuggle up on the sofa and indulge in heavy foods and red wine! Naturally, we’re all more inclined to exercise when the weather is fine, so here’s how to stay focused on your fitness plan as the colder months commence.
Agree to go with a friend
One of the best ways to keep yourself motivated is by pairing up with a friend and exercising together. Accountability has proven to be a strong motivator in many aspects of life, and indeed you’ll find yourself so much more likely to keep to your workout commitments if you know you’d be letting a friend down as well if you were to cancel.
Invest in professional training
Our bodies act, digest and process energy differently at varying temperatures, so you may find that reaching out to a professional is the key to keeping you energised throughout the winter months. By creating a unique programme, tailored specifically for you, for example, with Endorphitness, an online personal trainer, you’ll rest assured that you’re doing the most optimum activities for your body. Again, accountability plays a big role here too. You won’t want to let your trainer down!
Find a time that works for you
It truly is so much harder to get up out of a warm bed, while it’s still dark outside, to exercise in the morning. Perhaps consider moving your morning workout to lunchtime, if your working hours will permit. You’ll also find the gym much less busy during these hours, so you’ve got the added benefit of a speedier, more efficient routine.
Use an app to plan and track your workouts
These days, technology is improving so many aspects of our lives, and it’s no different in the world of health and fitness. From apps that track your running and cycling routes, to ones that suggest which foods to eat to build muscle and lose fat, there’s something for everyone.
Crucially, these apps will also send push notifications to let you know when is best for you to exercise. A handy, motivating reminder to get your trainers on and get out there!
Remember, winter won’t last forever!
While it may seem like a long winter lies ahead of us, there aren’t that many months to struggle through. With Christmas only a few months away, the time will fly by, and before you know it, you’ll be putting that winter coat to the back of the wardrobe once again.
As such, you don’t want to come into spring feeling sluggish. Nor do you want to have to put in all the hard work and effort to re-establish a routine you could have kept going over the cold season. Try to find an approach that keeps you focused throughout the next few months; you’ll thank yourself for it in 2019!