In the winter months, with the clocks going back and the days getting shorter, it’s all too easy to fall out of your summer exercise routine.
Getting out of bed for a run when the sun is shining and the grass is green is easy - rolling out of bed for a workout when it’s cold, dark and raining outside is another matter entirely. Whether you’re a professional athlete or a fitness beginner, we all get tempted to skip out on our plans in the winter months.
To help you stay motivated, we’ve put together a list of helpful tips and advice to keep you on track and chase away the winter blues.
Lose the snooze
We all know how tempting it is to hit that snooze button when you’re nice and cosy in bed, especially when it’s in the minus temperatures outside. But waking up is half the battle during winter months, so it’s crucial to make a habit of getting up with your alarm.
Once you develop a routine, making the effort to stick to it each morning at first will make it much easier to stick to in the long run.
Warm up before your warm-up
For a lot of us, it’s the dreaded cold that keeps us wrapped up in our duvets, hitting the snooze button until we’ve missed our workout window.
Keeping your heating on a timer is a great way to make sure your home is at a nice temperature when you wake up, so you’re not greeted with a chilly wake-up call and tempted to stay in bed.
You can also pop your workout clothes on the radiator to make them nice and toasty. This way, you’ll look forward to getting ready and be raring to go in no time.
Water is essential for any workout, but it’s also a great way to wake yourself up in the morning.
Starting your day with a big glass of water fuels both your body and mind, keeping you hydrated as well as flushing out toxins.
Like most things in life, staying motivated is easier with a helping hand.
Buddying-up with a friend will not only give you another reason to crawl out of bed, but will also naturally push you to work harder as you exercise. You’ll pick up lots so advice and guidance on how to improve, and be much less likely to miss a workout.
Plus, it’s more fun! Spending time with a friend is all it takes to turn a gruelling workout into anything from a catch-up to some healthy competition.
Switch to indoors
It might sound obvious, but the easiest way to avoid the cold is to stay out of it. Just because it’s getting colder doesn’t mean your workout routine has to suffer. Switch up the road for the treadmill this winter, and make the most of your local Fitness First gym.
We even offer a range of fitness classes for you to explore, covering everything from circuit training to Ju Jitsu. So, whether you’re perfecting your technique or are looking for a fun new way to burn off the calories, our classes are a great way to keep fit while you’re avoiding the elements.
It’s really easy to be tempted by comfort food during Winter, but it’s important not to give in, as maintaining proper nutrition is vital for seeing the best results from your workouts.
Avoiding unhealthy foods will also help your immune system cope with the cold weather, so you’ll stay in top-top condition when facing the elements.
For advice on how to fuel up for your winter run, we’ve created a helpful guide to steer you in the right direction.
If you’re looking for inspiration, we also have a list of guilt-free winter recipes to get you started.
Get kitted out
When you’re up against mother nature, you’ve got to make sure you’re well equipped.
If you’re not wearing weather appropriate clothing, it’s all too easy to be disheartened and skip workouts.
Baselayers are a great way to stay protected from wind and rain, plus, they’re designed with comfort in mind. If you need a little extra warmth while you’re out on a run, why not take a look at our hoodies and sweatshirts?