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Winter workout tips
Monday, 4 June 2012
With the cold weather and shorter days, it can be hard to stick to your usual exercise regime. You may be feeling unmotivated and a bit lazy but don’t give up and swap your gym gear for a cosy pair of pyjamas! Winter workouts will help you stay in shape as well as release endorphins to help ward off the cold weather blues.
Most people gain weight during the winter due to a reduction in activity levels. A study commissioned by Kellog’s last year showed that nine out of 10 Australian women faced the prospect of putting on weight during the winter months. According to the survey, 58 per cent blamed colder weather. Other excuses included shrinking daylight hours and general feelings of tiredness.
And it isn’t just a lack of exercise that causes problems. Falling temperatures mean that comfort food looks even more tempting than usual, resulting in the dreaded winter weight gain.
If you’re struggling to find your motivation or just aren’t sure how to adapt your training regime for the cold weather, try some of the strategies below.
- Take a few moments to re-focus on your goals and plan your training sessions for the month ahead. It’s a great way to re-ignite your fitness regime and get you back on track.
- Always have a Plan B. If, for example, your usual run is rained off, have skipping rope handy for a quick interval session in the garage.
- Take up a winter sport such as soccer or hockey.
- Try a new indoor fitness class or activity.
- Buy an exercise DVD and work out at home. Michelle Bridges and Jillian Michaels have some fantastic workouts on DVD.
- Turn your garage or spare room into a gym by hiring or buying some basic equipment.
- If you are training outside, make sure you stay safe by sticking to well-lit areas, finding a training buddy or wearing fluorescent clothing.
- Make sure you dress appropriately. Layering is best. You can lose up to 50 per cent of your body heat through your head so a hat is essential.