Have you kept your Fitness in Winter on track? It is the middle of Winter and most people are finding it difficult to face the cold weather or perhaps even snow, to keep their exercise and fitness routine going.
I was recently asked to write a guest post for Robin Follette’s website about tips on keeping fit during the winter months.
Where I live, the winter is mild, however even here the cooler mornings make it so much harder to get up and get moving. It is so much nicer, staying indoors, snuggled in front of the fire and hibernating with a good book.
However, we can receive a nasty shock when Spring arrives and we our clothes are a size smaller or we our fitness level has dropped. I know I don’t want to start all over again – do YOU?
Keeping the exercise going through winter months will help keep you feeling happier. Exercising is not only good for you physically but it is great for your mental health. The cold, dark and shortened days of winter can make us feel ‘blue’ so it is more important than ever to keep your fitness routine going.
I would love you to read the article in full HERE and hopefully you will be able to take away some tips to help keep your exercise on track.
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Here are 13 ways to keep your fitness on track during winter and help to put a ‘spring in your step’ as you greet the new season.
I’m sure you will find several that you can incorporate into your week.
1. Be Prepared
We all know that winter is coming so you need to make a plan for your fitness during the colder months.
2. Cut Down on Comfort Food
It is hard to do this as in winter we need extra fuel to keep us warm but that doesn’t mean we have to forget about our healthy food choices.
3. Keep Moving
The main thing is to keep moving and try to keep some form of exercise for 30 minutes each day. Go for long walks.
4. Keep Hydrated
We tend to forget to drink water in winter but it is just as important to keep hydrated all year round.
5. Join a gym
A gym is usually air-conditioned and you don’t have to worry about the rain.
6. Try Yoga
You can join a class or there are many DVDs or downloads available on the internet
7. Create your own gym at home
All you need is a stability ball a mat and some weights (or tins of food). Again there are downloads available or DVDs with workout sessions, or just do some body weight exercises.
Put on some music and dance around the house – you will have fun and keep fit at the same time
I know who likes housework? You can really burn up the calories with a good session of vacuuming or scrubbing the bathroom
Take the time to really stretch and hold the pose for 3 minutes.
11. Invest in an electronic friend
There are watches that you can buy that will monitor how many steps you take during a day, the number of calories you consume and even your sleep patterns.
12. Grab a Work Out Buddy
13. Get Creative With Your Steps
Incidental steps soon add up, get creative and think of ways you can increase the number of steps you take each day. Perhaps park further from the entrance, get off the bus one stop earlier, or walk around the sitting room for 10 minutes 🙂
A WORD OF CAUTION: If you are going to try new exercises or programs at home don’t overdo and it is worthwhile booking a session with a Personal Trainer to make sure you are using the correct technique.
Now you have no excuse!
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to keep fit during winter. You will thank yourself in Spring when you are looking trim, taut and your clothes still fit!