Henshaw also suggests pre-planning your workout. She tells the publication, “If you’ve got a plan, you’re more likely to stick to it. When I’m half asleep, it’s difficult to choose which exercises to do, which is why I am so grateful for the Keep it Cleaner app. I don’t have to think, I just press play and get stuck in!”
An important distinction Henshaw makes in her life is booking in her workouts, ensuring that she makes time for them just as she would a work meeting or catch-up with friends. It means she doesn’t cancel or procrastinate, and can instead develop a routine for her workouts and other commitments too.
A big tip Henshaw shares is writing out your why. “For me, I know that my mood often reflects the weather. With limited daylight and dreary days, I need my workouts to help me feel energised and boost my mood!”
She admits that motivation isn’t always high, so don’t wait for it to show up. “More often that not my motivation arrives five minutes into the workout, once those endorphins start flowing! No one wakes up everyday and is excited to exercise, it’s all about developing a routine.”
But perhaps most importantly, Henshaw stresses that it’s important to be kind to yourself. “Don’t feel down if you aren’t as active in winter,” she tells the publication. “Try moving to suit your mood, if you’re feeling tired try a yoga class or go for a brisk walk around the block. On days I feel tired, but still feel up to something, I will do one of our KIC Yoga flows at home in my pyjamas. Once you get your body moving you’ll feel a lot better.”
As she says, “Remember to feel proud of yourself for taking the time to do something that has amazing benefits for both your body and mind!”