8 Tips to keep the winter blues from settling in:
- Update your playlist. Once you have some music you love with a great tempo it will empower you and give you the boost you need to finish the last set or just one more song while you are doing your cardio for the day. When you are enjoying yourself, time flies. Before you know it your workout is done and you are pumped after!
- Change up your workouts. Have you been doing the same thing for a while? You can get bored of doing the same workouts and your body will adapt. You will have hit a plateau. You can change things up by adding some short bouts of cardio to your supersets to increase your heart rate or if you normally hit the treadmill for cardio, switch it up and go on the stair climber.
- Get outside. Try some winter sports like cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, snowball fights ;), etc.
- Set a goal. It doesn’t have to be spectacular, but having something to work towards will give you a purpose to keep at it.
- Keep a workout journal. Keeping a workout journal will help you to keep track of your progress. If an exercise is less of a challenge, it’s time to change it up. You could make the exercise more challenging by doing a different variation, increasing the resistance, or slowing the movement.
- Get a workout partner. Having someone that works out with you will keep you motivated when you would normally slack off. They can give you the support you need to push through and go the distance; a little competition can go a long way.
- Got a reason to be healthy? Write it down, make it pretty, post it somewhere that you will be able to see it every day, hopefully a few times a day. Having that reminder will give you a boost when you need it.
- Add some heat. In the kitchen that is. Hot peppers like jalapeno, banana peppers, and spices like Mrs. Dash can liven up even the most basic mundane meals and get your blood pumping along with a few other benefits. Instead of salads, a stir fry can be versatile and quick.
- Breaks are allowed. Sometimes your body just needs some downtime. Want a nap? Want to spend a Sunday afternoon on the couch? Or just want to go for a walk? That’s OK! Sometimes that’s exactly what you need… a break. This brings me to my last point.
- DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP! So what if you missed one day of working out? So what if you missed one week? Who cares if you made poor choices in the kitchen and the dress pants fit tighter than they used to? You are beautiful. You are human and just like you got OFF track you will get back ON track. Pick yourself back up and continue. It’s your journey, not anyone else’s.
With the shorter days, it’s easy to let things go and put things off until the New Year. Keep yourself in check. Getting healthy is a lifestyle, not something you do once in a while. Baby steps are still steps forward. 😉
And if you feel like you could use some help from an outside source, a personal trainer can give you the push you need towards your success with expert advice, new ideas, or a gentle nudge to keep you going.