The cold and dark winter days make it harder to motivate yourself to exercise, when all you really want to do is snuggle up in front of the TV with a warm cup of tea and wrap yourself up in 87438247 blankets (just me!?).
Today I’ll be sharing 5 easy tips to keep motivated and stay active in the winter months.
1. Get the right kit
There’s no way you’ll be motivated to get up and exercise if your only workout gear is an old (summery) sports bra and a pair of shorts. Invest in some winter activewear and thermal leggings that will help regulate your body heat when the temperature outside drops. Lightweight pieces that you can layer up and take off when you get warm are perfect for this time of year. It’s also a great idea to invest in a good pair of shoes, especially if you enjoy exercising outside. I recently got my hands on the KEEN Terradora Waterproof Boots in this gorgeous grey/teal colour, which looks great with my favourite grey leggings. They are great for exercising outside in the winter (and summer) as they are waterproof yet breathable so they allow any vapour out without letting water in. They also feel super comfy to wear (I didn’t need to wear them in before they felt comfy!) and offer great support to your ankles – highly recommended!
2. Make the most of sunny winter days
It may still not feel warm, but even if you’ve been hibernating all winter and haven’t done any exercise in months, make the most out of a sunny winter day to head out for a walk in the park (wearing your shiny new walking shoes, of course!), a jog or even a run if you’re feeling brave! It’s so much easier to get kick started on an exercise routine on a bright and sunny day.
3. You don’t even have to leave the house
If the miserable weather outside is totally making you want to stay indoors, why not exercise from home? There are sooooo many free workouts that you can find on YouTube so you don’t even need to set foot outside of your living room in order to stay active. Blogilates is one of my favourite YouTube channels when I’m looking for a quick and effective workout. There are lots of 5 to 15 minute workouts on the Blogilates channel so you can’t use the ‘not enough time’ excuse either! If you’re after something a bit more chill, Yoga with Adriene is your queen!
4. Book an exercise class or join a club
If you fancy exercising indoors, but you’re not able to find the motivation to work out at home, book an indoor exercise class at your local gym – even better do this with a friend to make it more fun! There are so many interesting classes these days, so there’s bound to be one that takes your fancy! If you’re more of a runner and don’t really fancy attending a class, why not join a local running club to help motivate you back into doing some exercise?
5. Try something new
If you’re a bit bored of the exercise you’ve always done in the past, challenge yourself to try a new sport! The idea of learning to do something new is motivating in itself, plus it’s a great way to socialise with new people who share a common interest, which will make exercising even more fun. And you’ll also get the great sense of accomplishment that comes with learning something new – #WIN!
What is your favourite way to motivate yourself to stay active in winter?
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