Even for the fittest people out there, training is a constant challenge, and this is the time of year when the most people just don’t have the drive to answer that challenge, opting for more sedentary lifestyles than they usually partake in. Have a look at this list of tips to avoid a winter workout rut so you can continue to make solid progress.
1. EMBRACE THE COLD WEATHER
One of the best way to stay in shape during the cold months is to get out there and face it like a man. Whether you enjoy downhill skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating or just bundling up and going for a run, getting outside will be invigorating and will provide a great change of pace from cooping yourself up inside all the time.
2. HOOK YOURSELF UP WITH NEW GEAR
You will want some new clothes and/or shoes to help you get outside, or into the gym, more often. Clearly, this will help you look better while working out, but more importantly, it will provide you with the proper apparel to face the cold, and the monetary investment should motivate you to make your purchases worthwhile.
3. TAKE THINGS SLOW AND STEADY
If you’re really feeling the winter blues, don’t worry about setting aside a long, continuous period of time at the end of the day for one big workout.If you’re on a tight schedule, it’s better to set goals that involve an accumulation of exercising over the course of the day.
4. SET A BIG GOAL
Whether you want to lose weight, put up better numbers or get faster, set a reasonable goal and make it as specific as possible. Try to think of a goal that involves numbers or a concrete accomplishment – like getting strong enough to do some crazy exercisethat has always been a little too difficult to complete, like a pistol squat or a handstand pushup.
5. GET A WORKOUT WINGMAN
Making the commitment to train with someone, whether it’s a friend or personal trainer, often forces a different, increased level of effort in your training. If you’re exercising with someone else, that means you’ll have to keep to more of a set schedule. If this dynamic isn’t a part of your routine already, the winter is a great time to start exercising while being a bit more social than usual.
6. REFRESH YOUR WORKOUT PLAYLISTS
It’s a new year and the weather sucks, so it’s time for some new music to get you going. Bear in mind that the best exercise music has been found to be between 120 and 140 beats per minute, and try to work out to some material you’re not that familiar with for a change.
7. OVERHAUL YOUR DIET
It’s a very simple tip that applies any time of year, but winter is when most people stay in, warm up and eat rich foods.Keep that in mind, and also know that the good thing about being more active is that you’ll be more conscious of what you’re putting into your body since you won’t want to undo all of that hard work.
8. TRY SOMETHING COMPLETELY NEW
Doing something new will force you to be fully engaged with the activity, helping you stay away from boredom that could lead you down the path of stagnation or backtracking. Whatever you haven’t tried yet but have always had some interest, whether it’s kettle bell training, yoga, or something else, just get some good instruction and take this tough time of year and make it into a learning experience.