Although we have had a great run of glorious weather this autumn it has, as it inevitably would, gotten colder and the sun will start to become a distant memory! And with that comes the decreased motivation to go to the gym and stay active and on track with eating right and looking after yourself. But the key is to stay focused and on track because then things don’t seem so hard to come back from. You might change up your routine a little, to fight the winter blues but don’t give up altogether!
So, as they say in some sports; ‘keep your head in the game!’ If it is now too cold and dark to run in the mornings, why not try walking at lunchtime for 30 minutes. There is a lot of research out there that says even 30 minutes of something has a benefit on the body. Make sure that you see sunlight for at least 20 minutes a day and get some vitamin D, which is essential for healthy bones and improved muscle function and can help against certain chronic diseases. Don’t stop moving altogether. Maybe a 5km run at lunchtime is something that you could factor in or still running in the mornings but on a treadmill?
Find yourself a workout partner so on the days that you really do not feel like exercising, you have someone that makes you accountable. Someone you will be letting down if you don’t turn up for your workout. Having a training partner can do wonders for your consistency and it makes training a lot more fun too! Having someone to turn up for makes you mentally more prepared for the task in hand and give you someone to moan at through it and have coffee with after!
Maybe it’s a case of changing your exercise routine completely and going more class-based things, so that you personally don’t have to think what you are going to do when you walk in to the gym. Maybe you try yoga to concentrate on your breathing and flexibility in the colder months, a little bit more of a restorative approach for the harsher weather months. Or changing it to anything just so that the focus is different and it keeps you interested in the drabber winter weeks!
But whatever you do or don’t do – think about the journey that you will have to go on to get back in to shape if you forget everything at this time of year. As cheesy as it sounds, summer bodies are made in winter! Don’t lose your head in hot chocolates and cheesy toasties and evenings on the couch under a blanket! Stay active, stay positive and stay focused, you will reap the benefits every day and be proud of yourself when we all eventually come out the other side of a Melbourne winter!
Good luck and keep your head up!