As summer draws to a close and winter is coming draws near, it can be easy to slip into a fitness slump. For those that like exercising outdoors, cold weather can really start to affect your exercise routine and your motivation. Staying motivated when you know you’re going to be wearing baggy jumpers all winter and scoffing Christmas pies can be incredibly difficult, but there are a few things you can do to keep on track.
1. Join a gym
This might sound stupid, but the most obvious answer would be to join a gym. It doesn’t matter what the weather is, the gym will always be open and always be dry. This option isn’t for everyone and perhaps for those that are money-conscious will want to avoid this option, but for me the gym is a great because its consistent and consistency is key when trying to stay fit. There are a lot of budget gyms around these days which means that they’re not too expensive either and you can get access to all the basic machines. If you join a slightly larger gym you’ll probably find that they offer free classes, so you’ll be able to add some variety to your weekly workout.
2. Find indoor exercise classes
If you’re the sort of person who likes to exercise without realising that they’re exercising then zumba is exactly the sort of class for you! There are zumba classes all over the country and they’re usually not a bad price, especially given the amount you sweat. I’ve found zumba to be one of the best ways of exercising and the age range in classes is always from around 14 all the way up to 60! Zumba really is fun for all. Alternatively, you could try spinning, a form of intense indoor cycling, swimming, yoga, pilates – there’s loads out there. Check out your nearest sports centres classes, or just give it a quick google!
3. Exercise at home
Have you guys ever heard of Kayla Itsines? She’s pretty damn famous in the world of fitness Instagrammers and her Bikini Body Guide has gone down a storm. She has helped women all over the world transform their bodies using minimal gym equipment and hardcore workouts. She has 2 twelve week workout guides that you can buy from her website. These workouts take around half an hour each day but if you keep at it for 12 weeks, by the end you’ll see some serious improvement. Her guides don’t involve much cardio but focus on strength training and the woman all over the world have seen great results thanks to these guides. I’ve only ever tried one of the free workouts but I didn’t even make it the whole way through and I was exhausted. (At this time I was going to the gym everyday so my fitness was pretty high too). Because I pay for gym membership I haven’t bothered paying more for these guides, but I think next summer I will! Check out her account here for some serious motivation.
Alternatively you can watch free YouTube videos from the likes of Cassie Ho (blogilates) or FitnessBlender on YouTube. Cassie Ho also offers weekly workout plans which are tough and can be done at home with nothing but a yoga mat.
4. Invest in thermals
If you really, really can’t face going indoors to do your workout then I guess you’re going to have to find a way to cope with the big bad outdoors. There’s loads and loads of exercise wear for every type of weather, the only problem is that it can often be expensive. You should look at getting some sort of top and leggings that will keep you warm but is also sweat resistant. Getting a headband to cover your ears and gloves for your hands are good ideas too. As long as it’s not raining, you shouldn’t suffer too much. If it is… get a raincoat?
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*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.