Staying motivated this winter
We often associate the cold months with bulking season — or an excuse to spend a few extra hours cozied up on the couch. But falling out of activity can leave you looking and feeling less than your best when it’s time to emerge from hibernation.
Fortunately, with a few easy tips it is possible to enjoy the holidays to the fullest while keeping your health and fitness routine intact. Now is also a great time to start with brand-new goalsetting for your workouts.
Trainer Jennifer Lau shares her expertise with tips on how to stay lean and mean throughout the holiday season.
1. Incorporate high-intensity workouts into your daily regimen. By super setting your exercises, you’ll be able keep your heart rate up and burn fat throughout the entire duration of your workout, ultimately maximizing your time in the gym. If you don’t have access to a gym, there are a number of inhome bodyweight workouts that can be completed in just 20 to 30 minutes.
2. Be consistent – if you find yourself taking weeks, maybe even months off, you’ll find your motivation levels severely decrease. If you continuously take time off, it will be next to impossible to reach your goals. Lau recommends trying to work out first thing. “Morning workouts will boost your energy levels for the rest of the day and allow you to have an uninterrupted regular routine throughout the busy holiday season . You also won’t dread your workout after a long day of work when it’s already dark out.”
3. On that note, find a workout buddy. You’re less likely to skip your workout if it will negatively impact someone else and you’ll have someone who will push you (and vice versa). “When a workout partner is experiencing physical improvements, it’s motivating because it’s not always easy to see those gradual changes in yourself. You’re also more inclined to push your limits with a buddy because they can spot you, and nobody likes to come in second place.”
4. Use training technology. A different sort of workout buddy, there are tons of apps and devices that can help motivate you and also track your heart rate, workout durations, running routes and goals. Having something to track your progress will inspire you to keep moving forward.
5. Finally, Lau recommends getting inspired by your gear. “I find it so much easier to get up and get going when I feel excited and comfortable in my gear. There is now great technology in both footwear and apparel to ensure you’re properly geared up for indoor or outdoor workouts.”