The Winter Blues can effect your fitness

Are the winter blues taking over your motivation?

When the winter months arrive, it creates an extra barrier to get through to keep up your fitness routine.  We can often take on a “snuggle up” mentality and resisting that urge to hibernate is really hard.  

However, keeping up with regular exercise routine during the winter months is going to help towards that summer body we want to reveal in spring time.  Plus, keeping active and on track helps to encourage healthier eating choices too.

Here is our advice on how to stay motivated during the winter months.

  1. Get your blood flowing and keep warm! Heating your body up naturally with a workout – might even save a bit on your heating bill.  Your body will naturally rise in temperature during a workout which is soothing on your body.  Unlike taking a long hot bath or lying in front of the fire.
  2. Now more than ever it’s important we maintain a good health during this time of year when coughs and colds are on the rise.   Did you know that regular exercise will strengthen your immune system?  When you exercise and your blood is pumping, immune cells circulate through your body faster – which in turn helps them find and destroy infections.  This is a short-term boost though, so regular exercise is key for long term effects.
  3. Beat the winter blues!  At anytime of year, working out releases endorphins which enhance our mood and gives us all “the feels.”  But during the cold winter months, when it gets dark before 5pm is when we need those feel-good brain chemicals the most. After exercising, the brain releases serotonin and dopamine, which can help reduce anxiety and depression. 
  4. Keep up those steps.  Wrap up warm and get out for a walk.  Being stuck in the house with the central heating on max can often reduce the amount of fresh air you are exposed to.  Walking or running outside will give you a chance to detox your lungs and take a deep breath in.
  5. Don’t let the weight creep on.  During the winter months it’s very easy to turn to food for comfort.  Extra hot chocolates and nights in with a takeaway are inevitable but to avoid a weight gain you must eat mindfully.  Keep up your meal planning and set out your workout days at the start of each week.
  6. Set some new goals!  Whenever we feel a dip in motivation – setting some new goals is a great way to refocus.  This also gives you an opportunity to look at your previous goals and celebrate your wins.  Moving forwards with the feeling of success will drive you on to keep achieving.   All our Thrive clients can book their goal reviews with the coaching team here.

Thinking of joining us to keep you on track this winter?  Book in a “No Sweat Intro” with our coaching team – it’s a chat for us to get to know you, your goals, your barriers and the ways in which we can help you.

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