It may only be September, but the recent bad weather has convinced us that it’s time to start looking ahead to the colder months. Although it’s tempting to grab a duvet and a good biscuit selection and hibernate until spring, our waistlines (and our jobs!) would sadly suffer. Instead, we’re going to use the winter to get ourselves looking and feeling nice and fit – so that we can emerge from our knitwear like butterflies next March. Gym kit at the ready...
Unfortunately, working out in winter often seems like a real chore. Low temperatures and fewer daylight hours regularly leave us more inclined to indulge in an evening of TV and takeaway than crunches and cardio. Luckily, Pure Gym are here to save us from ourselves – they’ve got some great tips to help beat the winter blues and keep moving, even when it’s grey and gloomy. Determined to stay in shape this winter? Follow these tips and you’ll be feeling smug next spring...
Don't go home and have your tea - before you know it, it will be dark, gloomy and freezing cold. This will more than likely mean you staying on the sofa getting bored, which could lead to you raiding the treat cupboard.
During the winter your body is colder – so it stands to reason that it will take longer to warm up. Make sure you're out of breath and nearly sweating before you really go for it.
In the winter, you'll probably hide under the biggest comfiest sweater you have - giving you a false sense of how you look. Ensure you have a workout schedule and stick to it - plan your workouts and don't miss them. That way you'll make steady progress, so when it comes to January and everyone is in the "weight loss" frame of mind, you'll already be one step ahead!
If you train outdoors then invest in some good base layers - these are the tight fitting clothes you see under some runners’ shorts and t-shirts. They are tight and help to compress the muscles, causing them to exert more power. This means that you will be able to run quicker, lift more and ultimately get to your goal faster.
Find someone who also has health and fitness goals and train with them. There has been lots of research showing that if you train with a friend or in groups you will stick at working towards your goal for longer. You’ll have more chance of achieving it too!
You've worked so hard through the spring and summer months getting into shape for your holidays, so why let it all go during the winter and end up back at square one? Be disciplined and follow your routine - come next year you could be looking even better.
Want to know where your nearest Pure Gym is? The chain’s latest branch has just opened in Wandsworth, but there are plenty of others across the UK. Join now to get a head start in the battle against those Christmas snacks...
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