With winter officially here, it can be challenging to motivate yourself to go to the gym. But there’s no need to worry because personal trainers can be just the key that you need to make your winter workouts worth it.
In this Fitness First guide, we’ll explore the role of personal trainers in winter fitness and how they can guide, motivate and customise your workouts to ensure you’re making the most of your gym sessions every time!
Why is it important to maintain your fitness routine in winter?
No matter the reasons why you work out, maintaining your fitness routine in the winter is so important.
Regular exercise helps combat the natural tendency we have to stop working out when the weather turns cold, and it helps to boost our mood and energy levels — which can be especially crucial during the darker, colder months, helping you beat those winter blues.
Staying active also helps support your immune system, helping you fend off those common winter illnesses — such as cold and flu — that tend to pop up during the winter months.
How can personal trainers help with your winter fitness routine?
Personal trainers are your partners in unlocking your fitness potential, especially during winter. Let's delve into how they can make a difference:
1. They can offer tailored workouts
Personal trainers have a deep understanding of fitness and how it works, and they can create workouts tailored to your goals, fitness level and preferences.
During the winter, they can adapt your routine to the changing conditions. For example, if you prefer indoor workouts over outdoor, they can design a comprehensive gym-based regime that keeps you engaged and challenged.
2. They can hold you accountable
Winter often brings a lack of motivation, with shorter days and colder temperatures making it tempting to skip workouts.
Personal trainers provide a consistent source of motivation by scheduling regular sessions and holding you accountable for your fitness commitments. Their encouragement and support can be a powerful driving force, ensuring you stay committed to your routine even during the winter.
3. They offer expert guidance
Whether you’re new to the world of fitness or looking for extra support, personal trainers bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to your fitness journey.
At Fitness First, our personal trainers can teach you proper form and technique when exercising, ensuring you perform movements safely and effectively. This is particularly important in the winter when icy pavements or slippery gym floors can increase the risk of injury.
4. They can offer nutritional advice
It’s easy enough to work out, but fitness and proper nutrition go hand in hand.
The Christmas season comes with an indulgence in everything sweet and savoury — from mince pies to luxurious chocolate, roast potatoes with goose fat and all the trimmings; it can be easy to get caught up in all the food festivities.
Personal trainers can help offer nutritional guidance, helping you make healthier choices during the season. They can also help to create balanced meal plans that align with your fitness goals, allowing you to indulge while maintaining your overall health!
Find out more with our beginner’s guide to protein and nutrition.
5. They can help you set clear goals
Setting clear and achievable goals on your fitness journey is crucial for staying motivated. Personal trainers assist you in defining realistic objectives for the winter season and beyond!
They can also track your progress, celebrate your achievements and successes and adjust your plan when needed. This ongoing evaluation ensures that you stay on the path to achieving your fitness goals.
6. They can offer support
According to the NHS, exercise has a profound impact on mental health, particularly during the winter when seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and stress can take its toll.
Personal trainers provide not only physical guidance but also emotional support. They can create workouts that boost mood, reduce stress, and combat the winter blues, making your fitness routine a powerful tool for maintaining your mental well-being.
Read our guide to find out more about how exercise can improve your mental well-being.
How can you choose the right personal trainer for your winter goals?
At Fitness First, our personal trainers have the knowledge, skills and full professional training to design a safe and effective individual fitness program to help you achieve your goals.
Choosing the right personal trainer is quite a big decision, so you may want to consider the following:
- Their personality. It’s important that you find a personal trainer whose personality clicks with yours. You’re going to be spending a lot of time together, so finding someone that you feel comfortable around is key to making your sessions run smoothly.
- Their expertise and specialities. All our trainers can help you reach a wide range of goals. However, different trainers have different areas of expertise, whether this is weightlifting or post-natal training, cardio or dance. If you have specific goals in mind that you want to meet, look for a trainer specialising in this area.
- Gender. Some people may feel more at ease working with a trainer of a specific gender. Consider who would make you feel most comfortable during your sessions.