We’ve got to that time of year again, the nights are drawing in, there’s a chill in the air and going for a run in the cold seems like a much less appealing option then curling up on the sofa with a blanket.
Even for the fittest people out there, training is a constant challenge, but there are ways of staying motivated in the colder months, take a look at our winter workout tips to avoid falling into a rut and discover what really works for you.
1. Do Shorter Workouts
Getting motivated for a 30-minute jog in the warm months may be easy for some of us, but it’s a different story if it’s bucketing down with icy rain or if the wind chill is plummeting towards zero. But a great way to stay on track is to simply shorten your outdoor workouts. A quick blast of just 10 minutes provides a great HIIT (high intensity interval training) which is said to significantly improve aerobic capacity, plus it continues to burn fat up to 48 hours afterwards!
2. Focus on Group Training
Even if you’re a free spirit when it comes to exercise, there are well-documented benefits from training in a group. Training with others can really improve your sense of morale and drive. You’re likely to achieve more because you’ll be less included to stop when you feel tired, you’ll keep pushing that extra bit more than if you were exercising on your own.
3. Get Kitted Out With Some New Gear
Of course, this will help you to look better while working out, but more importantly, it’ll provide you with the warmth you’ll need to face the cold. You don’t need to spend a fortune, just buy the right pieces of kit that do the job required e.g. a headband to warm your ears, a gilet or extra thick leggings. Heading into the cold wearing the right apparel will help you to enjoy your workout much more!
4. Set a Big Goal
Goals have been proven to increase levels of performance significantly; they provide direction, feedback AND motivation. Setting a short-term goal e.g. reducing run time by 5-10 seconds each day, would allow an individual to regularly view progress towards a long-term goal. The best type of goals to choose involve a concrete accomplishment, like getting strong enough to do some exercise that you’ve not been able to do before e.g. a push-up, a 10K run, losing 5lb or being fit enough to participate in a HIIT class.
5. Learn Something New
Racing for the goal in a game of football or learning some new moves in a Zumba session with barely feel like a workout because you’ll be so focussed on the task in hand. But your fitness will improve all the same – as if by magic!