I know the weather has started to cool down, but that is definitely no reason slack of training or even avoid starting it! Here are my top 5 tips to help you stay on track through winter.
This one is especially important for people who train in the morning. Yes, I know that it is cold, but if you layer up then as you warm-up you can start to peel off. This might mean wearing tracking and a jumper over your shorts and shirt – or maybe a singlet with a light jacket and then a heavy jumper on top. Whatever works for you! (I have even had one person who would wear their pj pants on top of their tights and not take them off until they got to the gym, haha!)
2. SET YOUR ALARM AND STICK TO IT
Stop snoozing through your alarms. When it goes off, get up! This will prevent you from dozing back off and then feeling groggy when the second alarm goes off. Your body needs time to wake up, it starts doing this about 2 hours before you actually wake up. If you go back to sleep after that first alarm then you just confuse your body and make it harder on yourself – so get your butt outta bed on that first alarm!
Side note: try setting your alarm as a song or tune that actually motivates you!
3. GET A TRAINING BUDDY
Having a friend that you regularly train with can help you with your accountability. If you have told your mate that you will be there you won’t want to let them down, and vise versa. Maybe find someone who normally comes to the same classes as you, or bring a friend to get started. Not only will your training buddy help you get there, they can help you push that little bit harder and squeeze that little bit more out of your workout!
4. PLAN AHEAD
Consider sitting down at the start of the week and planing your schedule. There is nothing worse than thinking ‘Oh, I’ll just go tomorrow’ and then you are called in to work or kids have fallen sick and then you’ve completely missed out when you could have just gone yesterday. For example, if your plan for the week is Monday 5:30am, Tuesday 5:30am, Thursday 9:30am and Saturday 7:30am then, again, you are more likely to be accountable to those classes. Also, if trouble arises on Saturday morning and you actually can’t make it then at least you got three classes in during the week.
5. TREAT YO’ SELF!
You can look at this one from two angles.
The first: Buy yourself some nice training gear, or new shoes that will have you excited to get in them after a long day in your boring work uniform!
The second: Set a goal and when you hit it treat yourself to something nice! The goal could be a setting PB on your squat or attending a certain number of classes for the month and your treat could be the new Reebok shoes you’ve been eyeing off or a massage!
Again, do what works for you. Consistency is the key to long term success and creating good habits. Exercising regularly is one of the greatest habits to have! Staying fit and healthy over winter means that you don’t have to start all over again when summer rolls around. For anyone that has stopped and started again knows how hard it can be to recreate that habit and get back to the level that they were at before the stopped.
Keep training hard, guys, it’s only going to get colder from here! 😀
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