Winter Workout Tips

 

Most people struggle with their motivation to workout during the dark and cold winter months and often stop exercising.

 

Below are five tips to help you CRUSH the winter blues:

 

  1. Decrease workout length: instead of working out for 1 hour, try exercising for just 30 minutes & increase the intensity of your workouts. This can be done by performing various exercises back-to-back with minimum rest, in a circuit or supersets fashion. You will be amazed what you can achieve in less time!

 

  1. Decrease workout frequency: change from going to the gym 6 days a week and instead commit to just 3 days per week through the winter months. This will prevent you from stopping when you are less motivated to workout. Something is a lot better than nothing!

 

  1. Workout at home: instead of going to the gym commit to working out at home. With a little creativity, you can perform fun and challenging workouts in the comfort of your own home. This can be achieved by using just your bodyweight and a few household items; chair, stairs, table, rucksack, suitcase etc. Give it a try!

 

  1. Warm up properly: the body becomes more rigid in colder conditions and will take longer to warm up. Performing an effective 5-10 minutes warm up will help prepare the body for exercise, reducing the risk of injury and will help maximise the effectiveness of the workout. A good warm up should include a series of dynamic stretches and bodyweight movements to loosen off muscles and increase the body’s core temperature. Always warm up!

 

  1. Prepare the night before: setting aside your workout clothes and gym equipment the night before is a great way to help motivate yourself to workout. Also writing out your workout on a white board or training logbook beforehand can help give you that extra push to get the job done. Simple but extremely effective!

 

For the next few months, implement 1-2 or all the tips above to help keep you active & focused on your fitness goals.

Have a Merry Christmas & a Flex-tastic New Year!