Baby its cold outside

Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick | Wild Women On Top

When the alarm kills delicious dozing on a dark winter’s morning or your lover tempts you with a glass of red as you snuggle up together on the couch, it takes an iron will to honour your commitment to a walk in the cold.

In spite of knowing how good we feel when we’re out there, and how awesome we feel when it’s over, getting our daily dose of winter workouts is a tough gig. But it takes more than knowing something’s good for us to make it happen every day.

To exercise through winter, you need accountability and you need a tribe.

Here’s how to stay motivated:

  1. Diarise your weekly workout plan on your phone with a recurring activity every day
  2. Pick activities you like. If you like walking, plan for it. If don’t like swimming, don’t bother with it. Try hot yoga, some stair sets or a bike ride instead. 
  3. Get a workout buddy and sync your diaries. Include your partner, your friends, your work mates, your kids and/or your mum so that its social as well as fun. 
  4. When all else fails, you sleep in, you feel like crap, you miss your session with your friends, just rug up and walk around the block.
  5. If you none of this works for you, sign up for a challenging team event with a buddy that motivates you to workout together in spite of the weather.

If you’re still not convinced, here’s why winter workouts are wonderful: 

  1. You burn more calories. Because your body is working harder, your metabolism revs up and your body burns more calories and fat to produce energy for your workout.
  2. Your endurance performance increases.  By challenging yourself in the cold weather, you are strengthening your heart, lungs and circulatory system, improving your overall health. 
  3. Winter workouts can help fight SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).  Being outside and taking in more sun during the daylight hours helps keep your mind sharp and relieves depression as well as increasing your body’s manufacturing of vitamin D.
  4. Physical activity outside can help to boost feel good endorphins which elevate your mood and make you happier!  The cold stimulates the release of endorphins, dopamine and serotonin, neurotransmitters that keep us happy, feeling good and ease depression. 
  5.  It's invigorating, exciting and energizing especially when there’s also an adventure to be had. There’s nothing like adding that rosy glow to your cheeks after an intense walk up a hill or a game of hidey in the park.

No excuses now!

Don’t let the cold keep you indoors this winter. Get outside, get your butt moving and enjoy the extra benefits a cold weather workout has to offer.

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