If you’re like most people, the last thing you want to do in cold weather is lace up your sneakers and attempt an outdoor workout or trek to the gym. But avoiding regular exercise is liable to make you feel even worse — especially if you take on some weight while losing strength and endurance at the same time. Here are some simple tips to help you stay on track this season.
The best method for goal setting is to make one big goal, as well as some smaller goals to keep you motivated to reach the finish line. For example, if your big goal is to tone up or lose some winter weight, establish an action plan (think eliminating sugar, increasing weekly workouts, etc.) to help you stay on track. Smaller goals can be something like increasing the number of reps you do every month, mastering a perfect plank, or increasing your flexibility — anything that helps you stay motivated.
Give Your Mental Health A Boost By Exercising Outdoors
Approximately 10 million Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) each year and while light is used as one of the treatment methods, note that those fluorescent lights at the gym don’t count. In fact, most people become depressed during winter months due to the lack of natural sunlight, so there’s never been a better reason to bundle up and take advantage of the short hours of daylight in order to improve both mental and physical health. Boredom is a surefire way to abandon your fitness efforts. Instead, try something new. Fire up your metabolism while increasing strength, endurance, and tone by trying an outdoor winter activity: snowshoeing, skiing (including cross country), ice skating, or simply hiking through the snow. Sure, you may be a little sore at first, but that just means you’re working your muscles in a different way. To avoid injuries, make sure you’re incorporating strength exercises into your routine.
Eliminate Excuses With A Home Gym
If leaving the house is unbearable or simply not feasible, find a clutter-free place in your home to set up a home gym. Don’t worry, there’s no need to invest in pricey machines. All you need to get started is a few sets of dumbbells, adaptable resistance bands, a suitable mat, and a variety of workout DVD’s and/or fitness apps to help safely guide you through your workouts.
You need not spend an entire day on the slopes to treat yourself to an apres-ski reward. Draw yourself a decadent bubble bath, make a low-cal homemade soup, book a massage — anything goes as long as it’s not deterring you from your goals. Complement your efforts by taking BioSil to help build strong, healthy bones and joints.