Use these tips to help ensure you keep up with your workout and health routine throughout the cold and dark winter season.
Let’s face it – it’s tough sometimes to find the motivation to exercise in the winter. For most, it means working out in the dark, either before or after your workday. And on your days off, it’s still cold and wet more often than not.
You’re a naturally motivated and disciplined person, and you know why continuing your exercise regimen is important. But all of us will face temptation to slack off at some point this time of year.
So before your throw in your workout towel for the winter, here are six tips to keep you moving, regardless of the cold and dark winter season.
1. Find the Motivation to Exercise in Winter
Yes, exercising in the cold can be mentally challenging, but winter workouts can actually be some of the most rewarding of the year. Focus on the positive and embrace the unique benefits of working out during the winter season.
First, exercise can be one of the most effective ways to fight off the winter blues. Research suggests that exercise is associated with better moods and that people who exercise regularly have fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety than those who don’t.
You may also burn more calories exercising outside in the winter than you do during other seasons. Cold weather forces your body to work harder to regulate its core temperature, burning a few more calories. It also makes the heart work harder to distribute blood, which can strengthens your heart in the long run.
Plus working out during daylight will provide you with much-needed vitamin D from sunlight to help boost mood and improve energy. In winter, sunshine can be harder to come by. So enjoy getting outside and soaking in the sun’s beneficial rays! Side note: Don’t forget sunscreen.
2. Sign Up For Indoor Fitness Classes
If it’s raining or snowing outside, chances are an outdoor workout could prove too much for your motivation level. Consider signing up for regular indoor workout classes. Join a yoga studio, attend a boxing class, sign up for a recreational basketball league, or try spinning.
Not only will your workout be more comfortable, but also switching up your scenery can increase your motivation.
Not sure what type of class you want to try? Most gyms and fitness facilities offer a free trial, so don’t be afraid to try a couple before locking in on the one you like the best.
3. Prepare for the Cold and Dark
This may sound obvious, but having appropriate gear and workout equipment will help get you out the door.
Make sure you have the right clothing depending on where you live and what workouts you’ll be doing. If jogging outside is an activity on your radar, make sure you layer up for warmth with exercise-specific fabrics that dry quickly. An ideal winter workout wardrobe includes a lightweight top made of technical fabric, a lightweight fleece for dry weather or waterproof jacket for rain, running tights, a beanie hat, and gloves.
Days are shorter during this time of year, so if you’re going to be exercising in the evenings or mornings consider clothes that are bright colors or feature reflective stripes. Also, a waist or head mounted running light will increase your visibility and safety.
Open to an extra tip? Lay out your workout clothes the night before. Pack your work bag and plan your outfit for the day to smooth the transition out of bed as much as possible.
4. Be Ready With a Backup At-Home Routine
One sure way to burn out in the winter is to commit right off the bat to daily outdoor workouts, no matter what. Things happen, and considering the weather and the short days, it’s helpful if you have a back-up at-home workout plan ready to go for those days where your original plan gets thwarted.
Collect a few pieces of equipment for an indoor home workout, such as a mat, adjustable free weights, a jump rope, and an exercise ball. Draft out a workout routine depending on what you have available so it’s ready to go.
If home workout equipment is not an option, you can still have a bodyweight workout ready to go. There are a lot of exercises that you can do to get an efficient and challenging workout.
Here’s an example of a bodyweight workout you can do indoor at home:
- Jumping jacks (30 reps)
- Front lunges (10 reps each)
- Push-ups (15 reps)
- High knees (20 reps)
- Body weight squats (15 reps)
- Burpees (15 reps)
- Front plank (30-60 seconds)
- Mountain climbers (30 reps)
- Crunches (20 reps)
Repeat twice for a total of three sets.
5. Recruit a Workout Buddy to Keep You Accountable
Regardless how much you prepare for sticking with your training during the winter months, there will no doubt be times when motivation will wane. Shorter, colder days will inevitably tempt you into taking days off. That’s when a workout buddy can do wonders for staying on track.
Find a friend who also has exercise goals and you’ll have all the accountability and motivation you could possibly need. If you’ve made a promise to meet someone, you’ll find it easier to get out of bed and step out into the cold.
Plus, having a training partner will make your exercise sessions less of a chore and you can chat to motivate each other. Studies show you’ll work out longer when you have a friend exercising with you.
If you don’t have a friend who is down to be your workout buddy, try joining a local running club, boot camp, or group workout session.
6. Take Your Daily CBD
Daily CBD supplements will help keep your body and its functions running optimally throughout the winter so that you can get the most out of your workouts.
CBD is an all-natural cannabinoid derived from cannabis plants like hemp. Once absorbed by your body, it stimulates and supports your endocannabinoid system. This major system keeps crucial functions like mood, sleep, immune response, and metabolism balanced.
Your endocannabinoid system is constantly adjusting for fluctuations caused by the outside environment. CBD supplements help support your endocannabinoid system’s efforts to keep functions running at their best. This can help maximize your workout performance and help you recover more quickly.
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