How does winter affect your exercise regime?

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As with all things in life, there are advantages and disadvantages and I guess when it comes to winter, some people naturally enter hibernation mode.

Do you come home after a long day of sitting, only to sit again, in another chair? You think about going for a walk or hitting the gym but can’t quite gather the energy?

Does your usual 6am walk with the dog seem to fade into oblivion once winter hits?

You’re not alone! We are all busy and have a hectic family life, busy job, stress and poor time management are just a few of the excuses we use to get out of exercise. But taking care of ourselves throughout winter is just as important as any other time of year.

Here are some tips to help keep you motivated to exercise throughout winter:

  • Start slowly, if you are just beginning to exercise. Go easy on yourself. Getting started is the hardest part and as the saying goes “You’re still beating everyone who’s sitting on the couch!” Once you’ve begun, you can build up your fitness and strength if you are consistent.
  • Be kind to yourself. We all stumble and fail sometimes.
  • Find something you enjoy! Sally Smith down the street may be able to run 5km in 20 minutes but if you hate running, it’s not going to be the right kind of activity for you. If swimming is your thing and you feel happy doing it, then stick with it.
  • Join communities that build positive habits.
  • Set a goal and stick it somewhere you can look at it every day, eg. on your bathroom mirror or on a kitchen cupboard. Using images can often motivate your more.
  • Remember that you are in control of your choices. It’s not up to anybody else!
  • Keep track of your achievements. Whether it’s on the calendar, in a diary or on your phone. If you can see how far you have come already you will be more likely to stick with it.
  • Reward yourself when you reach a goal (just not with a donutJ). Buy yourself something you have wanted for awhile, such as a new book or a dress that you feel great in.
  • Plan for exercise. Put your sneakers and gym clothes beside your bed at night so they are easy to get to in the morning.
  • Remind yourself of the benefits of exercise (having more energy, managing stress, sleeping better, feeling good about yourself, keeping colds and flu away etc).

By the time summer comes around again, you’ll be rocking that body on the beach, feeling amazing and inspiring everyone around you!

 

Article supplied by Mel Gilchrist from Dietflex