7 tips for keeping active this winter

So, nights are drawing in, frost is biting and rain dampening our spirits – an excellent excuse not to be active and stay at home hibernating till spring, right? But… if you think about it, the summer wasn’t great, autumn was wet and windy… so if you wait until the days are nice and nights are long and warm, you’re going to be active in about 7 out of 365 days!

Therefore, I’ve put together 7 tips to kick yourself in the butt, stop making excuses and find a way that works for you to get on that journey to become the best you that you can be!Toy rain

  1. Acceptance

There is nothing else for it – you’re just going to have to accept the weather is unpredictable and often cold and wet, so taking that out of the equation can help with your motivation to get active.

2.   Work out from home

Ok, so you really can’t drum up the motivation to step your toe outside? Make space and get your fitness DVDs out. Make sure they’re the right level for you, especially if you haven’t been active for a while, a lot of the intense workouts may not be suitable for your joints or your heart/blood pressure. Alternatively contact me to find out about a tailored personal training program I can create just for you.

  1. Join a club

Being part of a club can really help you to stay motivated. Running, football, kayaking, surfing, netball, you name it there will hopefully be a club for you. Not one for what you want to do? Then why not start a club? Not into sport? Then join the HAWC club where we promote active and healthy lifestyles. Find out more by contacting hawc@exerciseyourfreedom.com.

  1. Get a Florissant jacket and a headtorch

Just because it’s dark doesn’t mean you can’t get outdoors – get your bright gear on and head out (where it’s safe) doing some fast walking or running. Sign up to a local 5k Santa Dash to give you a target and download the couch to 5k app.

  1. Go to a fitness class

Drag a friend or go on your own – there are lots of options, day or night, high or low intensity, yoga to kickboxing. Give it a go and try to commit by buying block sessions to give yourself more motivation to keep attending. HAWC runs a variety of classes including yoga, circuits (incl. low intensity), Boxercise and spinning.IMG_9101

  1. Wear layers and keep hydrated

Although it may be cold, you’ll soon warm up. Having several light layers will enable you to stay at the right temperature and put layers on when you stop. Also, just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you don’t need to hydrate – get that water down you!

  1. Head on a circular walk ending at a nice café or pub

There is nothing like going on a nice winter walk and ending with a steaming hot mug of tea (or a cool pint if you prefer)! Grab a few mates, plan your route and get out there and breathe that fresh cool air. You’ll also find books with pre-designed routes for you for example the Best Pub Walks series.

What are you waiting for? Get out there!

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