It’s only natural that we feel less motivated in winter because of the dark evening and the weather is wetter and colder. However, winter can do amazing things for your workouts, meaning you won’t find them such a chore!
- Get Outside!
Outdoor exercise can pump up your energy levels, decrease frustration, tension and depression. Your body has to work harder in the cold; this causes a boost in your endorphin production leading to a natural high. For the ultra ‘all-natural high’ try outdoor cold water swimming . Some people say the ‘high’ and feeling of wellbeing they get after a session, is so encompassing that it becomes quite addictive!
- Take Up a Winter Sport
Summer sports can be fun, but so can Winter sports. By taking up a new sport or activity means you get to do stuff you wouldn’t normally. This keeps you interested and motivated, plus team sport normally come with a great social seen. By being social will boost your mood and make you happier.
- Being Prepared
If you have prepared your workout bag with all clothes and equipment you will be less likely to make excuses. You don’t have to spend a lot, but by purchasing a few new items for winter training can also have a boost in motivation and confidence.
- Shorter Workouts
Focus on the intensity of your workouts rather than the duration. HIIT is a great way to train as you can burn up to double the calories in half the time. But if you do not want to work up a sweat, but get moving instead of going for a drink with your mates bring a drink with you and go for a walk, a chat and a catch up.
- Train indoors
If you do not fancy any of the above and the elements are against you then training indoors where the air temperature is controlled and you do not want to be in the dark and safe is f just fine. It’s better to keep moving than not moving at all!
Originally posted on http://womentime.co.uk/keepactiveinwinter/