06/01/2022 by True Personal Training 0 Comments
Tips for Staying Fit This Winter
The cold winter months may make you feel like all you want to do is hibernate and drop everything. With the winds getting colder and the daylight hours shorter, both indoor and outdoor workout routines usually become harder to follow during this time of year. And while winter workouts may seem like the last thing you want to do during the cold season, you should still find ways to stay fit and keep moving.
If you don't want to lose any progress that you have made all year round or simply want to remain active, consider following the doable tips we have come up below that will help you keep fit despite the cold.
6 Tips for Staying Fit This Winter
Winter workouts may be demanding for our bodies during the cold months.
Based on a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, it was revealed that our vitamin D levels are directly proportional to our fitness levels. And because the primary source of our vitamin D source—the sunlight—is scarcer during the winter, our fitness levels are also low. Not having enough of this nutrient will lessen the supply of oxygen needed by our muscles and cause muscle aches and weakness no matter how old you are.
However, it is not entirely impossible to strive for a fit physique during the winter. Rest assured that doing winter workouts is not the only thing you can do to stay fit during the winter.
With that being said, below are six tips you should do if you want to be active and in tiptop shape, especially over the winter months.
1. Set SMART Fitness Goals
You may have heard of this countless advice, even if it's not during winter. But will the number of times you read this match up to the times you successfully achieved this goal? If not, then maybe you should set fitness that is SMART, or specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely.
With a SMART fitness goal, you will be able to break down a broad goal into manageable chunks and that you will prevent yourself from hyper-focusing on the result. For instance, you want to continue losing weight during the three months of winter. You may wish to incorporate home gym workouts, do it for 20–30 minutes in the morning when you feel the most active, and accomplish it for at least four days each week.
2. Get Sun Exposure When You Can
It may be challenging to get enough sunlight during the winter but make sure you expose yourself when you can. You may consider opening your windows throughout the day or going out when you can. And of course, don't forget to wear your sunscreen.
Sunlight is the primary source of vitamin D, which helps boost your energy levels and regulate the immune system. In addition, it can also improve muscle function, which is crucial if you plan on doing winter workouts during the season.
3. Take Advantage of Winter Outdoor Activities
There are certain activities that you can only do during the winter, such as snow skiing and snowboarding that you should take advantage of. You may not sweat as much as you do outdoor activities when it's not summer. But at least you will get your body moving instead of just staying idle indoors.
Even if you don't have the luxury of doing such activities, you can even just build a snowman in your yard or play snowball fights, and you can already get your body active.
4. Incorporate Technology into Your Winter Workouts
If you haven't invested in voice-activated assistants such as Alexa and wearables such as fitness smartwatches, then it's high time for you to do so, especially during winter.
These innovations are one of the best ways to help you keep track of your fitness, which can, in turn, make you feel compelled to consciously make an effort to manage your health and habits in the cold season.
5. Watch What You Eat by Keeping a Food Journal
The holiday season is known for the countless celebrations that involve food. And if you don't watch what you eat, you will surely lose whatever progress you have made with your fitness goals.
That is why it is highly suggested that you keep a food journal, or even your Notes app, where you can list down what you eat in a day. In this way, you can save a record of what you eat, and you can even check and see the quantity and the kinds of food you have been taking during the holidays.
6. Consider Hiring a Personal Trainer
Do you think you can make use of a guided fitness solution not just during the winter but throughout the year? You can undoubtedly benefit from the services offered by True Personal Training.
Your personal trainer can help you incorporate strength training without making it difficult and impossible for you to accomplish. In fact, we currently offer this new shared personal training membership, which is a flexible solution wherein you will not only get an unlimited personal training service, but you will also get nutritional guidance and sports massage.
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So, if you want to learn more about our programs and if you are ready to make things happen, then waste no more time and contact us on 01937 338 098 or fill out the contact form on our website so that you can get started today!