When your alarm goes off in the pitch black and all you want to do is stay snuggled in bed. Or when the afternoon carb-attack hits (maybe yours happens after dinner?) and you find yourself chowing down on everything you shouldn’t be. You’re spending a lot more time bundled up on the couch watching Netflix. In my case, at the moment it’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Orphan Black, Plebs, How to Get Away with Murder, Santa Clarita Diet (don’t judge), House Rules (I like reno reality shows, again don’t judge).
If you haven’t guessed already, I am struggling to stay on track with working out in the winter! Despite how great you know you’ll feel getting out there for a walk or even to the gym, the steps to get there seem so much harder.
This might help.
There are so many benefits of moving your body in winter:
You burn more calories. Because your body is working harder, your metabolism revs up and your body burns more calories and fat to produce energy for your workout.
Your endurance performance increases. By challenging yourself in the cold weather, you are strengthening your heart, lungs and circulatory system, improving your overall health.
Winter workouts can help fight SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Being outside and taking in more sun during the daylight hours keeps your mind sharp and relieves depression as well as increasing your body’s manufacturing of vitamin D.
Physical activity outside can help to boost feel-good endorphins which elevate your mood and make you happier! The cold stimulates the release of endorphins, dopamine and serotonin, which keeps us feeling great.
It's invigorating, exciting and energising, especially when there’s also an adventure to be had. There’s nothing like adding that rosy glow to your cheeks after an intense walk or a game of hide-and-seek in the park.
So now we know WHY we should, how can we motivate ourselves to get out there?
Here’s a few pointers:
Pick activities you like. If you like walking, plan for it. If don’t like swimming, don’t bother with it. Try hot yoga, some stair sets or a bike ride.
Workout with friends. It’s far harder to bail on a workout if you’re going to see your girls as well, so commit to a social workout and let the FOMO motivate you.
Pay for it in advance. You’re way less likely to cancel. Investing financially is a big one for those of us who value financial stability/security.
Get a goal. It can be big, such as hiking to Everest Base Camp or small, such as completing a 5km fun run. Just something that will require an improvement in your fitness. This will motivate you to exercise even when you don’t feel like it.
Plan. Write it down in your diary and/or phone. Think about what obstacles might stop this from happening, and then come up with a Plan B & C so that if those do happen, you’re prepared.
If all else fails, just walk around the block. Five minutes outside in the fresh air can transform your whole day. The other thing I like to do is a short yoga session in my lounge room. This will stretch you out and get the blood pumping. Look for Yoga by Adriene on YouTube.
The main thing is that you try to do something good for your body each day. I’m generally a motivated person and even I’m only doing about 70% of the movement I usually do. And I’m feeling it! I had to book myself in for a massage because I felt so stiff. She told me I was broken haha. My hamstrings were tight from too much sitting. My back was knotted up from not moving enough and too much desk-time.
Do what you can for your body. Invest your time and energy into it, because she’ll be around for longer than that Kate Spade (RIP) handbag.
Love your body and she’ll love you back. (I know, that sounds weird).
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