So it’s that time of year again, when the nights get longer and the weather gets colder.
We know how hard it can be to keep your fitness motivation up, when everything is telling you stay indoors with your feet up by the fire. But there is still plenty of time to hit your fitness goals before the Christmas feeding starts!
Thats why we’ve put together a quick list of our winter workout tips!
Get your engine revving
Studies have shown that the body produces more ATLPL, (a chemical that promotes fat storage), in the winter months. In fact research showed that the amount the body produces almost doubles! But this doesn’t mean your weight loss goals are doomed, by continuing your regular exercise regime your body will continue to produce SMLPL, (a muscle enzyme that promotes fat burning, hooray!), so you can curb the natural fat storage your body is going through with slightly more intense or prolonged workouts.
Maybe Winter isn’t the time to slack off exercise after all!
Feed Your Carb Cravings
As our bodies prepare for the cold weather its natural to have increased carb cravings. This is partly due to our bodies producing less Serotonin because we are seeing less of our old friend the sun. The drop in Serotonin can leave us feeling tired, hungry and even a little blue.
Help curb those carb cravings and lift your mood by munching down on low-fat healthy carbs before the sun goes down.
For Breakfast and Lunch: Try to eat Dairy products, protein and vegetables.
For Dinner: Try to eat roasted potatoes, whole-grain pasta, black bean soup or fresh vegetable stew. Avoid eating large amounts of protein in the evening as this can stop the production of Serotonin in the body.
Another great tip to help curb those cravings is to spend at least 20min a day outside in direct sunlight (when possible!)
Dreaming Of A White Christmas
That’s right, the snow is actually our workout friend, the benefits of your usual outdoor workout could be doubled just by the white stuff being on the ground.
A moderate 30-minute walk on an even surface burns around 106 calories for the average woman, but just by performing the same walk on top of snow can burn up to 256 calories!
But its important to take extra care when exercising in extreme conditions. Make sure you’re wearing appropriate footwear for your terrain, listen to your body and run slower with shorter strides and skip the hills as this is where most falls tend to happen on icyy or frozen ground.
An earlier night can keep you on track
It’s no surprise that on those cold, dark winter morning, you just don’y want to get out of bed! But skipping your AM workout might be your only chance to exercise that day.
By going to bed just one hour earlier than normal you can give your body the extra boost it needs to get up and get going on those cold winter mornings.
Set an alarm to remind yourself to go to bed a little earlier than usual, avoid those pesky phone and computer screens and hit the sack a little earlier than normal and you shouldn’t see any change to your morning motivation.
Every little helps
If for some reason you find yourself heading home after work rather than to your usual workout spot, then don’t be too hard on yourself, we get it, sometimes you just want to be at home, warm and cosy.
But before you settle down for the night consider a quick burst home routine, this can either be a home workout performed before relaxing on the sofa or you can take a more creative route like the one we’ve outlined below!
Do this circuit during the advertisement breaks on your favourite TV Programmes
- 15 Squats
- 15 Push ups
- 15 Crunches
- 15 seconds of High Knees
Repeat this circuit until your programme starts again and turn it into a game by seeing how many times you can complete a circuit before the adverts run out! (Praise those long Christmas commercials)
So there you have it, our quick winter warmer tips for keeping your exercise up during those cold winter months.
Have a tip we might have missed, or want to share your winter workout tips with us? We’d love to hear from you!
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