While we are technically still in autumn, it does feel like we skipped straight into winter. Frosty mornings, dark evenings and generally just feeling a bit cold are all experiences we are welcoming back. However, these changes can make the motivation to train just a little harder to find.
Today we’ve got a few really easy tips to help you work through the cold, dark days and enjoy the fresh air and gym environment, no matter how you feel about winter.
This might seem like an odd place to start, but vitamin D is essential for feeling our best. This vitamin is usually produced by our bodies when we get direct sunlight on our skin, however outside of summer months, especially when we’re spending more time indoors we just don’t see enough sun.
Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.
Between October and early March, you should be taking a supplement. The NHS recommends 10 micrograms (400 IU) of vitamin D a day to keep your body healthy.
Train with a friend
There are few things more motivating than meeting a friend for a 7am gym session. A friend or family member can help you to keep motivated and stay on track with your workouts as you feel a sense of commitment to them and not just yourself.
As a bonus you have someone to help you spot and compete with, helping you to reach your goals or even well surpass them.
Try something new
Maybe you’re not enjoying running outside when it’s dark or feel a bit too tired at the end of the day to stick to your usual gym session. The seasons changing are a great time to think about your current routine and see what you can change up to make things more interesting and more suitable for you.
Maybe an early morning gym class will give you something to look forward to, or a lunchtime walk with a friend. Whatever you need to change, ensure you’re staying active this winter as it will help you stay warm and healthy.
Home sweet home
Don’t underestimate the power of a home workout. If you’ve suddenly got the desire to exercise later in the evening, just do what you can at home. We have a whole range of home workouts with or without equipment on AF Connect Online to suit any level or any window of time you may have.
The same can be said for just going for a walk. It’s one of the best ways to get some steps and simple movement into your day.
We’ve said it before and we shall continue to say it until the end of time. You have to set yourself up for success by preparing everything you can before your desired workout time. If you’re training in the morning make sure your bags for the day are all packed, your clothes are laid out and your alarm is set early enough. For training later in the day, make sure you have everything you need already on hand and don’t leave anything to chance!
Equally, it’s important you have the right tools in order to prepare. You may need to look for a few new items of winter workout gear or buy a thermos so you can enjoy a hot coffee on your way to the gym.
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