It’s easy to get out there and push yourself when it’s warm and friendly outside and the sun rises at five-thirty, but it’s a much different story when the cold winds blow, there’s snow all over, and the sun doesn’t get above the horizon until after seven. You roll off the holidays into January, which has a way of dragging into February. The pleasant summer months seem forever away, and it can be easy to fall into a more sedentary style despite your best intentions.
The team at Pro Fitness has had a lot of experience with this challenging time of year, and we can recognize people who are feeling the winter struggle. We are here to help! In today’s blog, we’re going to share some really effective strategies for staying on track as spring makes its slow approach.
How to Avoid the Winter Training Blues
We hope these tips help you get off the couch and back into chasing your fitness goals.
Remember That Slow and Steady Wins the Race
- Remember, you don’t need big, long workouts to get results. Instead, work on accumulating shorter workouts. You don’t need to dedicate your entire evening to working out. This is good news in the winter when schedules tend to get tight and the sun fails to provide any encouragement.
Find a Workout Buddy
- When it comes to accountability, a friend can be the most effective strategy. There is nothing like committing to working out with a friend or a trainer. You don’t want to let that person down, so you’ll show up. Once you’re working out, your buddy can encourage you to get in another set or add a little weight. You’ll also have more fun in general, which will make you want to go to the gym. Just make sure you’re smart about the buddy you choose. A friend who isn’t very motivated might drag you down.
Revitalize Your Workout Music
- New music brings adventure to workouts that have gotten boring, and knowing that you have some new music in your workout playlist can be that motivation you need to get the front door. If you aren’t sure where to start when picking music, keep in mind that the best workout music tends to have 120 to 140 beats a minute. However, this isn’t a requirement. Be yourself and inject more life into your playlist!
Dive Into the Cold
- The cold and dark keep a lot of people from getting into shape during the winter, but the best way to turn everything around is to get outside and embrace the cold rather than waiting inside for it to pass. There are tons of winter sports to enjoy, from skiing to ice skating to sledding to simply bundling up and going for a run. Additionally, running in snow can be similar to running in sand, boosting the intensity of your workout and allowing you to accomplish serious work and get back inside before you get too cold.