The first three months of the year can often prove tricky, especially for anyone looking to get in shape for the summer ahead.
At the start of the year you were full of hope, determined to make a change in the 12 months ahead, but as the cold weather sets it you start to doubt it all, opting for comfort food and warm, cosy nights inside over exercise.
But it does need to be that way – here are 10 ways to stay motivated about working out during the cold weather.
Work Out With Friends
The weather can definitely dampen your motivation – but there’s strength in numbers. Working out with your mates is a great motivator and neat way of catching up socially. Failing that, there are tons of local Facebook groups offering this sort of support.
Keep Those Toes Toasty
Winter can play havoc on your feet and can often hinder exercise plans. Keep those bad boys warm and well insulated. Woolly socks are good and everything, but they do make your feet sweat. It’s better to invest in something thermal.
Layers, Layers, Layers
Dress for success – comfortable layers that can be put on and taken off with ease once you start to warm up. Loose layers trap body heat and have been known to help with your joints. Just be careful not to overdo it and end up overheating.
Manage Those Muscles
The icy wind is a cruel mistress capable of making joints stuff and muscles ache. Combat this by boosting your protein intake with vegan power meal smoothies.. It’ll help repair muscle tissues and maintain strong bones.
Mix It Up
There’s no point running through snow in freezing conditions – mix up that routine and try a few fitness classes indoors. It’ll get you out the house, keep you warm and you may even enjoy the company and structure to it all.
With joints increasingly stiff and muscles tight, increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids is important for tissue elasticity, muscle flexibility, joint motion and regulating inflammatory response. Salmon, avocado and dark green leafy vegetables are all your friends.
Warm Up More
Don’t just do the norm – the longer you warm up, the less likely you are to suffer injury. It’s that simple.
Maintaining blood sugar and energy levels is crucial. Ideally, you should be looking to eat every three hours starting with breakfast, lunch and dinner plus a snack mid-morning and one mid-afternoon. No carbs after 6pm though.
Treat Your Feet
Looking after your feet is crucial to maintaining a decent exercise regime – Athlete’s Foot and toenail fungal infections undermine the very foundations required for so many types of exercise. Wash them daily, use emollient foot cream and be gentle with the,
Fruit, vegetables, fish, free-range eggs, nuts, seeds, and unprocessed meats are all essential to providing your body with the nutrients it needs t get through the cold snap. High-sugar, refined foods are not.
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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.