Top 5 tips for winter fitness
By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick Wild Women On Top | Author of Natural Exhilaration
It's no news that maintaining your fitness routine over the cool winter period is an arduous task. Even Chief Adventure Chick Di Westaway thinks so. But despite mornings being chillier, our beds being warmer and trails being wetter, our bodies need for exercise and outdoor activity remains the same.
So, how can you put the sparkle into your outdoor winter workouts? How can you ensure that you not only stay fit and healthy over winter, but perhaps even improve your fitness, and keep the dreaded winter lurgies away?
Di Westaway has shared with us her top 5 tips that have her choosing the outdoors over the temptations of tasty comfort food, a glass of red and hours of Netflix.
1: Pick an adventurous activity that gets you excited
This could be a winter activity like skiing or snowboarding that you can make into a Wild Weekend with friends and family. Or, if finding the time to escape proves too difficult, organise to go walking with friends in your nearest National Park. Knowing you have got a planned activity will provide focus to your workouts, giving you the reason you need to hop out of bed and get moving.
2. Make a little weekly plan and save it in your diary so that you commit to doing something physical every day.
Whether you have a diary or prefer using your calendar on your phone, lock in your workouts and set a reminder. By doing this, you become accountable and if you miss a day, you still have 6 workouts left to compensate. If you can't vacate 45 minutes to an hour for a solid workout, don't worry - rug up and go for a half hour walk after dinner with your partner or friend.
3. Find yourself a walking buddy
You'll be amazed how much it helps to have someone who shares your adventure fitness goals. When you feel tempted to sleep in or watch your favourite tv series instead of committing to your planned exercise routine, your buddy will help to motivate you to get moving.
4. Commit yourself to morning exercise
Research shows that early workouts have the best adherence rate. And once you’ve formed a habit, you’ll love it. When in doubt, sleep in your workout gear... (I've done it many times before... and it works!)
5. Walk and ride your bike for transport, park your car as far away from the shops as possible
You'll be amazed how fit you can get by leaving the car at home for regular errands. This is especially important if you spend most of your day at a desk. Incidental exercise is really essential so do it daily.