As the days draw in and temperatures drop, you may be tempted to hang up your exercise gear and hibernate.
Don't! Stay active throughout autumn and winter to beat those seasonal blues and feel on top of the world.
If you started working out this summer, you might be starting to wonder how to maintain the momentum next month when the clocks go back and the nights become colder. Evening workouts do seem so much tougher on cold nights. We start out with good intentions, but by the end of the day, we all tend to think about getting home as quickly as we can and settling down on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate.
It’s an easy time to give up, but don’t let all that hard work you put in over summer go to waste. Below are some tips on how to stay on track and keep moving.
If you’re a runner, warm up indoors with some jumping jacks, high knees and spotty dogs. This will wake up your body and mind, and ensure you’re feeling a bit toastier when you step out the door. Make sure you have the right equipment – a reflective top, running gloves and a workout beanie.
To give yourself an extra push, take your gym bag to work so that you have a constant reminder with you of your evening workout plans. Alternatively, get out for a power walk or run during your lunch break, even if it is only for 25 minutes.
Another way to stay motivated as the temperature drops is to get a workout buddy. Committing to each other a few times a week for an hour per session will make you more likely to stick to the plan.
Remember that a one hour workout takes up only 4 percent of your day!
When the weather outside is really cold, why not work out in the comfort of your home? There are lots of workouts online to choose from – some only take as little as 12 minutes but can still be extremely effective. So, even if you work full-time or have a house full of kids, you can squeeze in a quick workout. Maybe even get the kids involved!
Remember, summer bodies are made in the winter!!!
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