It’s that time of year again. The weather is getting colder, the evenings are getting darker and working out is the last thing on your mind. At the same time, we’ve all heard the saying “summer bodies are made in the winter”.
We know how difficult it can be to drag yourself off the sofa and into the cold night to work out. But we also know that it’s possible. Here are our top tips for beating the winter workout slump…
1. Take it easy
Jumping straight back in with a 5-mile run on day one may seem like a good idea at the time. But, chances are, you’ll do it once and head straight back into your slump. Consistency is key to working out. Ease yourself back in with 2 or 3 smaller workouts a week.
2. Mix it up
For many getting into a workout, the first port of is the treadmill. Beginners tend to stick to the treadmill, running at the same intensity for the same duration. This is only going to get boring, and you won’t see the results you want. Try something new each week until you find the right exercise for you.
3. Find a workout buddy
The main problem getting out of a workout slump is finding the motivation to start again. Having someone to hold you accountable, and vice-versa, makes it harder for either of you to skip the workout. Make sure you choose someone with similar goals to you, though. There’s no point having a ‘buddy’ if they’re always miles ahead – or behind.
4. Set realistic goals
Heading back into the gym after 4 weeks away? Don’t expect to pick up where you left off. It’s only going to leave you feeling deflated and disappointed. You’re not going to lose a stone within the first week either.
Be realistic. Maybe you want to run 2 miles instead of 1.5 or lift an extra 5kg. Whatever it may be, give yourself a reasonable amount of time to reach it.
5. Overhaul your wardrobe
There’s nothing like a fresh set of workout gear to get you off the couch and into the gym. When you look good, you feel good. With stylish, well-fitting gym clothes, you’ll be strutting on the treadmill in no time. Even better, put on your gym gear first thing in the morning to motivate yourself to go during the day.
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