If getting in an early morning workout is tough in the summer, it can seem a near impossible feat as the evenings draw in and the morning air starts to have an icy chill! But don’t worry, the cold weather doesn’t have to ruin all your hard work. With a little bit of dedication and adaptation, your winter workouts can be even more productive than your Summer ones! Forget crash diets and panic last minute gym sessions, Summer bodies are made in winter though a consistent exercise plan and balanced diet, aside from the fact that the endorphins released during exercise are an efective way to combat those winter blues! Need some extra motivation? Here you go:
5 ways to get motivated to workout in winter:
1- Take advantage of the fact that you don’t have a social life!
Whilst summer is full of parties and social commitments, winter is all about hibernation. Take advantage of evenings at home to get an early night and wake up hangover free and ready for a weekend work out. If you manage to workout on Saturday, Sunday and one weekday, you’re doing well and you won’t even have to be up at the crack of dawn every day.
2- Work out buddy
If it is way to easy to cancel your plans with yourself, find a friend to train with. That way you can motivate each other and hold each other accountable.
3 – Sign up for pre-paid classes
Winter is a great time to try different classes, especially ones that make you sweat! Plus most classes in studios have a cancelation policy, nothing like the thought of throwing away money to motivate you! Here are some London studios that I love
4 – Apply Yourself
If heading off to the gym in the cold, simply isn’t going to happen, don’t worry: there are loads of APPS that you can download and use at home, some don’t even require any special equipment. TheKayla Itsines Sweat App is one of my favourites.
5 – Adapt, Adapt, Adapt!
If you can’t manage an early morning training session and you are pooped by the end of day, it’s all too easy to fall off the wagon. Don’t let winter get the better of you, see where you can fit in your sessions. Maybe you have enough time for a lunch time 45 minute Spin class or a 30 minute HIIT class, even if it means a sandwich at your desk a couple of days a week. Plus, the time away from your desk, might be just what you need to refocus.
Do you manage to keep up your training sessions over the winter or have you got any tips that I left out? Let me know in the comments!