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Making it Through the Winter Months

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When it’s cold, dark and dismal out, the last thing you may want to do is work up a sweat. It’s nearly impossible to keep up your motivation when daylight savings has you coming home from work with the sun setting and a chill in your bones. Getting off the couch or out of bed and into the gym can seem daunting and just plain not worth the effort. Preparing your body for the shock of climate change is important, as is giving yourself enough time to acclimate.

Persevering through the first few weeks of winter weather will lay the ground work for you to continue your fitness habits right through until the spring. Many people’s activity levels drop off in November and end up staying that way right until late spring. Unfortunately, keeping fit and active through the winter months is what will help you minimize outbreaks of colds and will help keep excess weight gain to a minimum.

For those that use a gym to maintain their health, cold winter months shouldn’t bother you since you will be well protected indoors. The light or lack thereof, in the morning and evenings might be the culprit behind gym absenteeism. Possible solutions to help prevent this from occurring is to squeeze workouts in lunch breaks at work or possibly recruiting a friend looking to lose weight too and making them your gym buddy. Having someone to whom you are liable will be a great motivating factor to ensuring you keep going when you say you will.

When all else fails, stockpile some exercise DVDs along with some very basic equipment such as dumbbells of various weights, a skipping rope, and a stability ball. This way, if you aren’t able to hit the gym or if you’re running behind schedule, you can always do a quick workout to maintain your progress. Aim to spend at least 30 minutes exercising when you’ve missed your regular routine.

Sometimes, circumstances occur that you cannot control and your schedule might go right out the window. For situations like that, there is no getting around the problem and you may just have to settle for working harder the next day. Missing a day or two is not the end of the world – studies have shown that it won’t even affect your overall progress in the least.  Though occasional backsliding may not hurt your progress, constant neglect to fulfill your fitness can become a problem. Pick yourself up, call a friend, and keep your fitness program up.

 


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