We all know that hitting the snooze button can be very tempting when it is 15 degrees outside and pitch black. Believe me, I get it. But guess what, that still does not make it an excuse to not get up and MOVE! Your body relies on exercise to sustain energy and formulate blood flow. So, let’s make it a habit to keep that blood flow going even if it is a blizzard outside.
Keep reading for my 6 tips to get your ass up and not give in to the winter blues.
1. Turn Up the Lights
Yup. Turn those bad-boys up. Right when you hear your alarm ringing, I want you to flick your light switch on and take in the light. Yes, it may burn, but it is going to allow your body to quickly acclimate and wake up. Increased use of lighting improves mood, energy, focus, productivity, reduces cravings and enhances exercise.
2. Gear Up
Cozy, comfy clothes makes all the difference. I’m not telling you to go out and splurge on a new winter-workout wardrobe, but be prepared. Don’t head out the door in just a long-sleeve shirt, pants and a jacket. Bundle up. Two long-sleeve, one pullover, jacket, gloves, hat, winter running pants/leggings, thick socks. Really own that marshmallow look. Whether you’re going on a walk outside or headed to your gym, just make sure you’re bundled up. It will make it that much easier to get moving and start sweating, I promise.
3. Bring Your Gym Bag to Work
Don’t just do it one day and then follow through. Pack your bag up the night before and bring it with you to work every single day. This will allow you to consistently be reminded that you will be going to the gym right after work. DO NOT empty that bag unless your clothes are stinky and sweaty.
4. Move Without Going Outside
There are many workouts you can do without the pavement or the gym. I highly recommend interval training. Body weight exercise have been proven to decrease body fat and increase energy. Choose 4-6 exercises, perform each for 50 seconds, then repeat the entire set 3-5 times through. Some body weight exercises include; air squat, wall sit, high knees, push up, planks, V-ups, triceps dips…. Email me if you are interested in a custom home-workout program. There are many exercises to choose from. It is up to you to set the standards. There should be no excuse to fitting in exercise when you don’t even have to leave your house!
5. Get Away From That Desk
If you work a 9-5 desk job all day, there are several ways you can fit in exercise at your place of work. Every time you go to the bathroom, perform a one-minute wall sit. I know, weird, but guess what, your body will thank you. Also, instead of spending your lunch break at your desk or ordering pizza, go check out the building’s stairwell. For 15-20 minutes, walk the steps. I guarantee your, your booty and legs will be burning the next morning. After doing this once or twice it will become second-nature. You will start to feel more inclined to get up and move because you will already be feeling the benefits.
6. Buddy Up
On most days, I personally, enjoy putting on my headphones, and just getting in the zone. But, there are those days where it’s nice to call up a friend and take on a sweat session together. Desperate times can call for desperate measures. Instead of meeting for coffee, make it a habit to meet for a workout. Team up with one of your colleagues and head to a yoga, spin or boot camp class together. No matter how sluggish you’re feeling, having that buddy will allow you both to stay motivated and consistent.
Now that you have my top tips for exercising during the cold, winter months, it’s time to gear up and get moving. Don’t forget to set goals, stay hydrated and rest up!