Having endured a few cold winters we know how hard it can be to stay focused during the cooler months, it’s easy to just roll over turn off the alarm clock and stay in bed. So we thought we’d share a few tips with you to stay focused and ensure you’re still smashing your fitness goals.
Set yourself some realistic goals
Winter is the perfect time to reset the mind before setting some realistic goals for the warmer months ahead and as we’ve said before “summer bodies are made in winter”. It is important to be realistic with your goal setting and keep it simple. It could be as simple as setting yourself a goal to come to 3-4 classes a week, deciding to add a little bit more weight in class or making yourself run that little bit further each week. Don’t forget we are always here to help you set new goals, targets and motivate you to exceed expectations!
Get yourself the right gear for winter
Working out in your summer shorts and singlets isn’t as much fun in winter and with all the fantastic sales at the moment it’s the perfect excuse to stock up on some new gear to keep yourself warm. We think the key is to layer up so you can peel them off throughout the session. It’s also important to have a good pair of gloves to keep those hands warm when using weights, running or doing a push up on those cool mornings and brisk evenings. Beanies aren’t for everyone but they do say if your heads warm your whole body is warm.
Find a fitness buddy
Find yourself a “workout buddy” aka “partner in crime”! Working out with a friend is a great way to stay motivated! Not only will it create a healthy competition in class, it will help to keep you accountable for your workouts! Make plans or dateswith each other on which classes you want to attend. By making plans with your workout buddy, you will be more accountable and you are less likely to skip class in fear of letting down your workout buddy!
Eating healthy during winter can be challenging and we find the best way to stay on track is to meal prep. During winter, we love to “comfort eat” to keep ourselves warm. Meal prepping helps you to avoid comfort eating and is also a great way to control your portions. We’ve heard some of you find winter lunches hard so we suggest making a big pot of soup, warm winter salads or toss some veggies and pasta together and box it up for lunches or dinners to make it easy for yourself. We’ll be putting a few more winter lunch suggestions up on our Facebook and Instagram, so stay tuned.
We honestly believe it’s important to treat/reward yourself every now and then for all your hard work. Having said this you don’t always have to treat yourself with food, why not treat yourself with a massage, a nice hot bubble bath, some new fitness gear or a glass of wine with your “workout buddy”!
Finally the best way to stay warm this winter is to keep moving, as we’ve said before it’s only cold if you stay still!
Gav & Tiff