Winter is here, which means you’re more likely to dive into a good book or watch a TV show than hit the gym. It’s easy to fall out of your workout routine, but winter is an important time for fitness. Studies show that moderate levels of exercise can boost your immunity, helping battle common cold weather illnesses. Exercise also helps improve your mood, which is especially important if seasonal affective disorder gives you the blues. In addition, keeping your exercise routine helps battle gaining weight during the holiday season and gives you extra energy when there is less sunlight. Use these strategies to motivate you.
Get a workout buddy. Studies show that you’re more likely to stick to your routine if you have a partner. You’re also more likely to get in a better workout if you think your partner is in better shape than you, as you’re likely to exert more effort to keep up.
Sign up for a group class. If you can’t find a buddy or need someone to direct your workout, group classes are a good choice. You’ll work with an instructor who knows how to get results, and you’ll receive variety in your routines. Look for a class you haven’t done before: TABATA, TRX, yoga or barre.
Hire a personal trainer. You’ll receive tailored workouts that will focus on what you want and what your body needs. Your trainer will teach you how to perform exercises correctly so you don’t injure yourself, and they also will keep you accountable by helping set goals.
Track your activity. Do you have a fitness tracker that monitors your steps, heart rate and other vitals? The encouragement to beat yesterday’s steps or calories burned helps you keep focus.
Make a playlist. Listening to music while you work out can keep you motivated. Choose music that has a good beat, allowing you to synch your movements to the music. This will help you think less about the difficult exercises.
Get outside. Nothing beats fresh air! Sure, winter is cold, but training outside can increase your desire to work out and boost your energy. Plus, you’re not going to a gym where it’s possible to pick up cold and flu viruses.
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