Instead of eating more and doing less in the colder months, it’s time to be proactive and start exercising.
Rather than feeling unfit and lethargic throughout the day, focus on all the positives that being active will have on your life, such as an abundance of energy and happier moods.
The best way to overcome our excuses is to not create them in the first place. If you think it’s too cold to get out of bed in the morning, make sure you have some warmer exercise clothes ready to go.
Now is the perfect time to refocus your fitness goals. Here are some tips to help.
1. Morning light
In the colder weather, it can be hard to get up and out of bed to work out. Waking up to natural light will help to activate your internal clock to get you ready for the day. If you’re earlier than the sun, then switch your light on and jump in the shower. The water will also help to wake you up.
2. Warm up indoors
Do some stretches and a few exercises inside, like pushups, jumping jacks, or burpees before you leave the house. This will help to raise your heart rate and circulate your blood flow, as well as waking up your mind.
3. Get an exercise buddy
Working out with a friend will make you accountable for turning up to your workouts, and will increase your enjoyment! If you're surrounded by people who also have active lifestyles and healthy habits, there is a high chance that these habits will rub off on one another in a good way.
4. Exercise for fun
You probably won’t go for a run if you hate running. So don’t even think about planning a run. Try going to a yoga class or playing tennis with a friend if that’s more your style.
5. Nutritional support
To restore your energy levels after a workout, and to help your muscles recover, try getting some protein in your diet. A protein boost will help your overall wellness, energy levels, and immunity. It will assist your recovery after exercise, help to combat hunger cravings, and help with weight management and lean muscle building. A natural protein such as Bare Blends’ Organic Vanilla Bean WPI is perfect support for those with an active lifestyle.
6. Adopt healthy habits
Planning your meals according to your workout days is a great idea. That way, you’ll feel good about feeding yourself with healthy choices that are going to provide you with enough energy throughout the day. Planning healthy lunches and snacks, such as these Decadent Chocolate Protein Bars will help to make you feel fit, healthy, and happy with your progress.
Staying motivated only requires us to change one thing - our mindset. An easy way to change this is by setting goals to aim for, as well as being aware of the positive outcomes that being active will have on your life. So write down your goals and read them each morning if you need some positive reinforcement.
8. Buy some new gear
There’s no better motivation than trying out a new pair of runners or new workout gear. Not only can they be better suited to the cooler weather, looking good leads to feeling good, which makes exercise more enjoyable! Try out a Garmin watch or a Fitbit, which are handy tools that can track your progress for you.
9. Get enough sleep
Getting a good night sleep is essential and very underrated when it comes to your health. Eight hours of sleep per night will allow your body to recover, heal, and regenerate new cells. It will also make it easier to get up in the morning with plenty of energy.
10. Celebrate success
Every time you reach a small goal, celebrate your progress. Make sure your goals are achievable and realistic, and stick to your guns. Working towards a reward also helps, for example, if you’ve stuck to your goal of four gym sessions for four weeks, reward yourself by going to get a massage, or buy yourself a new pair of running shoes. Your body will love you for it!