As winter sees the temperatures drop, it can be oh-so-tempting to hit the snooze button and stay under the duvet instead of braving the cold to go and exercise.
Evenings are a similar story when the couch and a hearty dinner beckon after a long day at work.
But the cooler months don’t have to spell disaster for your fitness routine.
Here are some of winter’s main challenges and how to overcome them:
It’s just so dark out there
When that alarm goes off and it’s still pitch black outside, that nice, warm bed can seem more snuggly and inviting than ever. The key is to not hit that snooze button, not even once. Don’t even think about it – simply roll right out of bed and get to brushing those gnashers pronto.
Still a struggle? Try going to bed in your gym kit. That way, when you come to first thing in the morning, you have no excuse to not simply pull those trainers on and head for the gym.
Baby it’s cold outside
Ok, so it may be a bit too chilly to brave the great outdoors for a run in your usual gym gear, but take the excuse to splash out on some new season winter wear – who doesn’t love snuggling into a soft new hoodie?
Or simply head indoors – you’ll be nice and warm inside the gym. In fact, you’ll probably be craving the cool of the winter air once that blood starts to pump.
Hiding under those layers
If nobody’s going to see it, does it really matter if it gets a little soft around the edges? That may be what you’re thinking as you sink back into the sofa and flick another movie on with a bowl of chips in hand, fully prepared to embrace those extra layers of podge.
But remember, exercise isn’t just about aesthetics – it’s about your health, your body’s future. Think bigger picture!
And if you do, when summer does come creeping up, you won’t have to work so hard to get swimsuit-ready again.
Comfort food cravings
Rich, stodgy food is the order of the day during the colder months – we’re talking red wine, red meat, steaming wintry puddings. Not exactly lean and green.
While a little indulgence from time to time is forgiveable – a glass or two of red wine could deliver some health benefits after all – try not to go too crazy. Go for roasted veggies, lean cuts of meat, healthy stews and your body will be thanking you when those temperatures start to climb once again.
How are you staying active this winter?