The temperature is definitely dropping with Autumn setting in. I even had to wear my BIG coat this weekend to shelter my body from the cold. After writing this blog post, Rob and I are going to drag ourselves outside for a run before the rain starts, and it is seriously taking all of my will-power to not just stay home in the warm instead. As much as that idea sounds great now, I know that I’ll be kicking myself later if I don’t get outside and do something active today. I might even head to the gym later if I’m feeling fancy!
I know how much it takes to push yourself that bit harder in the winter to stay on top of your fitness, so here are my tips for fitness motivation in the cold weather…
1. Happy post-workout thoughts:
Because your body has to work harder in the cold, your endorphin production is boosted even more, leading to a happier state of mind. Just think of how you’ll feel after that workout, endorphins flowing, so proud that you did it and now you can relax your muscles with a warm bath, a candle, some bubbles and a cup of tea – this is where having a boyfriend comes in handy… to make the tea obviously!
2. New base layers:
I always say that one of the best motivations for a workout is new fitness wear, and winter fitness wear is no different. Find yourself a good brand for base layers & long sleeved tops, and enjoy feeling that little bit warmer on your next run. I recommend Skins and lululemon. The one I’m wearing in these photo is from Skins and is so warm, but if you’re looking for something slightly lighter, then I can’t recommend these lululemon Swiftly Tech tops enough.
3. Summer body, made in the winter:
We’ve all heard it said before, but it’s so true and I know it sucks! I hate that doing my workouts in the garden at this time of year means wearing layers and shivering a little to begin with, but I just keep reminding myself that this is the time to create what I want to show off later! And on top of that Winter is a time for warming foods and having a few extra treats at Christmas, so I like to sweat it out a little first to earn it.
4. Lunchtime workout:
What’s worse than a workout in the cold? A workout in the cold when it’s dark or when your body hasn’t warmed up at all. Plan your winter workouts for lunchtime, mid-afternoon, when the temperature will hopefully be at it’s warmest. If lunchtime isn’t an option for you, try doing your run or workout on your way home from work – that way, you won’t have the temptation to stay cosy on the sofa once you’re home! 😉
5. Sign up for a challenge:
There are so many fitness challenges/events around Spring time. Sign yourself up for a run, hike, cycle or something similar. That way, you’ll have no choice but to train your butt off for said challenge! I’m going to sign up for a 10k run in March, so that will keep my mind focused over the coming cold months.
Love, Cat x