With winters cold, wet weather and shorter days, it can be tempting to hibernate. As this is the time of year when many people start new healthier and fitter habits, something has to be given up and hibernating isn’t really an option. Here are 5 ways to set you up for lasting weight-loss success, even when its dark and cold outside.
1. Have The Right Kit
Not just for training outside. Even if you’re in the gym, invest in some new workout gear, this can really help with your motivation. This will also keep you warm when you venture out, some areas get slippery with snow and ice, so be sure to wear footwear with a grippy bottom.
2. Find a Workout Buddy
If you’re lacking motivation in chilly days, get an accountability buddy or coach to help you stay on track. Convince a buddy to start a workout plan with you, but still stick to it if one or the other cancels. Not only will you burn away those holiday calories, but you’ll also get to socialize.
3. Food Prep Ahead
If you’re not a morning person, but plan to workout in the morning or straight after work, try to get everything from breakfast to gym bag ready the evening before – even leaving by the door.
Meal planning is key when it comes to getting lean and good organization around the kitchen plays a big part in burning fat and working towards the body shape you want. Food prepping doesn’t mean spending your whole weekend in the supermarket or kitchen, it can be done in small batches every few days or so.
4. Explore A New Workout Routine
New workout hobbies have been shown to boost motivation and excitement- thus more likely sticking to it. The key here is to try something active that you’ve never done before which will bring a refreshing exercise routine.
5. Remember That Feel Good Feeling
Think about finishing a killer run, sweating and breathless, endorphins beginning to flow. Most people when working out have at least some moments where they felt completely revitalized after a workout. Reminding yourself of this helps give extra motivation to get up and go!