The year is flying by and we’re already past July! Colder weather always seems to dampen people’s enthusiasm for exercise. Although summer seems a long way off, how you train in winter will determine how good you look on the beach in summer……
Why is winter training so important?
Most people consume more kilojoules in winter, so you actually need to train harder.
Your body burns more calories when you exercise in colder weather.
Winter training will keep you in shape so you don’t have to start at the beginning when the weather warms up.
Keeping up your exercise regime will boost your immune system and keep colds and flu at bay.
Training in winter releases extra endorphins, giving your mood and energy levels an even bigger boost.
Increased energy from exercise will help you get out of bed on those cold, dark mornings.
Exercise minimises the stress, anxiety and depression that often accompanies winter.
How to prepare for winter training
Stick to your goals. Have another look at your health and fitness goals. Remind yourself how far you have come. Just a short break over winter will really set you back in terms of your progress.
Stop thinking. Just pack your gym bag, put your gym gear on, and get to the gym. Don’t listen to that little voice that’s full of excuses. Don’t weigh up your options. Don’t let exercise be a choice. Make it a given in your schedule.
Eat the right foods. Traditional winter dishes tend to be filled with extra kilojoules. Look online for healthier versions of your favourite meals.
Drink water. When the cold weather hits, it’s tempting to drink lots of coffee, tea and other hot drinks. Even though it’s cold, your body still needs to be properly hydrated.
Be accountable to yourself and others. Committing to a Personal Training program is a great way to motivate you to keep going.
And remember: when you’re training in a fully equipped gym or training studio, cold weather is not an excuse!
You know what they say: summer bodies are made in winter
There’s no doubting this has been a pretty cold winter already. The mornings have been freezing, as have the nights. It’s so easy to hit the snooze button on our alarms, to eat lots of warm comfort foods and let our training take a back seat to lazing on the lounge under a blanket. The problem with that is before we know it spring is upon us and we’ve stacked on way too much flab to fit into last year’s swimmers. So how do you make sure that doesn’t happen?
Count down to spring
Let’s face it, goals are much easier to nail when we have a deadline. Set yourself up a calendar or space where you can count down the number of days until the first day of spring. If you can actually see the days ticking down, it will spur you on to plan your meals and get your training done.
Plan your meals
This is a bit of a no-brainer, but it should be a priority. Abs are made in the kitchen, so plan ahead. While it may be tempting to crawl up under a blanket and order a takeaway, you’ll pay for it later. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing bad about the occasional splurge like that, but don’t let the frequency get out of control.
Have a program
Don’t let your training slide and get caught off guard by the arrival of warmer weather by setting yourself a good program to follow. For example, these colder months are the perfect time to focus on building some good, strong, lean muscle with lots of compound lifts (think dead lifts, squats, bench press and clean and press). Then when we’re about one month shy of spring, start incorporating a few more High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) sessions into your routine to help strip away any excess fat.
We tend not to notice how little H2O we get into us over winter. We still need lots to function properly, especially if you’re in an air-conditioned office all day. A lack of hydration can have some bad knock on effects that could be used as excuses not to train, like headaches, lethargy, poor concentration levels and thirst mistaken for hunger which can then lead to overeating.
Stay in control over winter with these tips, and come spring, you’ll be ready put on those finishing touches to show off that hard earned body this summer!