Besides all the reasons we already have to not work out, winter can be another hard one. Even the most dedicated fitness enthusiasts find it difficult to make it to the gym or sit in for their home workout class. The cold weather makes us want to stay in bed, let alone want to go out for a run or something. This is one of the main reasons why gaining weight in winters is easy; because it interrupts exercise routines. Simply put, it’s harder to motivate yourself to get out of bed early in the morning to hit the fitness center after work when you know a warm shower and a meal awaits at home. Nonetheless, the simplest of changes can make it easier for us to stay active. Also, staying fit and active is a good way to beat seasonal depression. Checkout FITPASS services with which you can exercise at several fitness centers or home and get nutritional advice that helps stay fit this season.
5 tips to stay active in winter
- Sleep in your exercise clothes
Or keep them next to you in bed. Morning workouts are the best because they set a good tone for the day. But, getting up in the morning can be the hardest thing you do, and being already dressed can help. It is one less thing you have to do in the morning. On the other hand, if getting into workout clothes gets you warmed up, make sure they’re in your sight when you get up. As you start getting ready, your mind starts working towards the goal – working out.
- Keep reminding yourself of the benefits of exercise
If you train yourself to remind yourself of the benefits of working out when you feel too comfy in bed or thinking of other things you could do instead, you will never miss another workout. Think about how you want to fit into your favorite clothes for a wedding or look good at the Christmas or New Year’s party. Plus, there are several mental health benefits of working out, especially in the winter. They are often felt sooner than the physical benefits; almost everyone feels relaxed and less stressed after a workout. Remind yourself of the positive thoughts and the calm demeanor after a workout.
- Workout with someone or in a group
You have only yourself to convince to skip working out when you work out alone. But when you exercise with a partner or a group, it will be harder for you to get out of it. You will have to show up because someone is counting on you. Moral support in knowing that there’s someone there to work out with helps trump the feeling of having to exercise in very cold weather. When you work out in groups, it gives you the opportunity to make new friends. So, even if your workout partner is sick or something, you have someone else with whom to work out.
- Make reaching the gym your goal
Your focus should be to dress up and show up at the fitness center or the online workout class for which you have enrolled. It is alright if you want to leave earlier than usual. In most cases, you will not because your body will be wanting the workout. Once you reach the workout place, the problem is over and you have stood up to the commitment.
- Plan ahead
When you go out for a run or a bicycle ride in the morning, it is better to look at the weather forecast the night before. Prepare your clothes accordingly. If it’s supposed to be unusually cold or smoky (as is the case often these days, at least in Northern India), plan a home workout instead. If you need to have that extra couple of sips of coffee, have it. Have an extra fruit or something to keep you energetic.
Pushkar Garg is a blogger who specializes in research and likes to share information in a manner that makes sense to every reader. He writes health & wellness pieces for fitness-based brand FITPASS. He is a football fanatic and swears by the benefits of exercising and eating healthy to stay fit. He graduated in Political Science (Honors).