Winter. The sun is up late and away early, making it dark and cold. It is a struggle to pull yourself out of your warm, toasty bed and into your tights and get moving. We crave comfort food, and eat with reckless abandonment - summer seems so far away. If the sun doesn’t want to get out of bed early why should we, right? We tell ourselves - ‘I’ll start tomorrow’. Suddenly tomorrow is mid-October and we are promising ourselves next winter will be different. Time to step away from the hot chocolate - summer bodies are made in Winter!
Here are my top tips on staying motivated and active this winter. A perfect winter body will soon become a sizzling summer body.
Invest in new activewear
A little bit of retail therapy ALWAYS helps. You will be so excited to show off your new gear you will be jumping out of bed to choose your outfit.
Keep it inside
The best way to avoid making excuses is having a contingency plan. It is so easy to hit snooze if the weather conditions outside aren’t ideal, so if you have a local gym or some pieces of equipment to use at home, you will have no excuse.
Get your nutrition right and you have done almost 80% of the work. Avoid highly-processed food, eat a balanced diet of protein, fats and carbohydrates. Remember it is a balance of energy in and energy out - too much input, not enough output can contribute to weight gain. Even comfort foods can be clean - try slow cooked meats, stews, homemade soups they will warm you from the inside out. Make sure you strip your fridge and cupboard of any tempting treats, and never go grocery shopping when you are famished.
Grab your BFF
It is so good to be able to keep each other accountable - especially when you are trying to start a new routine. Choose someone that is going to help motivate you to get out of bed each morning.
Mix it up
If you are sticking to the same exercise regime every day, not only does it get a little yawn-worthy, but you will actually begin to see a plateau in your performance and in your results. This is as a result of adaptation, so it is important to mix up your routine - that could include varying the exercises, increasing the reps, weight or sets.
Show your strength
Weights are so useful in so many ways as we get older. In the short term, strength training increases muscle tone and provides shape to our body. Plus it burns more calories than HIIT training and straight up cardio.
Hit the road
Get active on weekends when you can make the most of the cooler, sunny days. Look for some trails or bush walks around your area go hiking.
Consistency is the key to success
It takes a couple of weeks to get into a routine. Generally, more than 3 days off exercise makes it psychologically more difficult to get back into it. Try to keep the consistency in your training to see the best results 3-4 times per week with a day rest in between should be achievable for most people.
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