Training is a never-ending challenge, even for the most disciplined or fittest people. And when you add winter to the equation, training can become even more challenging. Here’s a list of helpful tips you can use to ensure you get your workout done during these cold months and prepare your body for the summer.
- Set a specific goal
Every year we do the same thing: we start the year and propose ourselves a ton of health resolutions that eventually get forgotten, ie. “this year I want to lose weight,” “this year I’m going to hit the gym,” “this year I want to be more healthy.” One of the reasons you may not fulfill these goals is because they are too vague. Try something new this year – limit the amount of goals to a practical, achievable amount and make those goals as specific as possible. So for example, if you want to lose weight, use numbers, calculate exactly how much you want to lose and establish a concrete plan based on calorie intake, calorie burn, etc. The more specific you can get, the better you can track your progress and actually meet your goal.
- Get new gear
It may sound unimportant, but getting new workout clothes, new shoes, or even a new matt can actually motivate you to get that workout down even when it’s below zero degrees outside. Moreover, if you still haven’t made the investment on winter workout clothes, go ahead and do it this year. Having the proper apparel will help you stay warm and comfortable as you face the cold while exercising.
- Refresh those workout playlists
Training can get repetitive and boring. That’s why it’s so important that you find ways to change it up and re-engage yourself. One great to do that is refreshing those tunes that keep you motivated throughout your workout. It is said that the best exercise music has around 120-140 beats per minute.
- Find a workout wingman
A great way to ensure you train is getting a workout buddy. This way your commitment transitions from being internal to now being external; somebody else is counting on you and if you skip the workout you will be held accountable. Your workout will also become more dynamic and social. So grab a friend or if you can afford it, a personal trainer, set a schedule, push each other to achieve this year’s goals.
- Embrace the cold weather
At the end of the day, effective exercising relies on having a positive attitude. We get it- it’s cold outside. Now get past all the weather-related complaining and focus on the positive factors that the workout will bring. When you complete your training, no matter how cold it is, you will feel physically invigorated, you will feel proud of yourself, and you will even rest better!