It’s difficult to get going when you have few, if any, daylight hours to exercise. With that in mind, we compiled a list of helpful tips to keep you moving all year.
Keeping Your Motivation High Year-Round
Working out regularly takes dedication, perseverance and time. This is never truer than during the colder months of the year when there’s little daylight in your free time.
Here are five ways to stay motivated.
1. Make It A Family Activity
Just because it’s dark out doesn’t mean your family can’t get in some fitness time together. If the street you live on is well-lit, then bundle up and go for an evening walk. If that’s not a safe option, consider playing a game of tag in your own yard using flashlights for fun.
2. Have An Accountability Partner
It’s much easier to stay dedicated when there’s someone counting on you. Consider meeting a friend a few mornings each week at a well-lit track for a jog. Or maybe video chat while doing an indoor workout together.
3. Bring It Inside
If it’s simply too cold or too dark to exercise outside, find ways to stay active indoors. This is easy if you own gym equipment. But if not, join a gym or invest in some exercise programs that can be done any time of year no matter the weather.
4. Take A Lunch Break
Why not use your lunch hour at work to fit in exercise? Instead of simply eating at your desk through your break or going out to lunch with coworkers, spend half your lunch break walking or jogging around your office building. This gives you the chance to take in some fresh air and sunshine when you otherwise wouldn’t have that opportunity.
5. Choose Active Alternatives
A simple way to stay fit during the winter months is to make minor adjustments to your everyday routine. For example, take the steps at work instead of the elevator. Park farther away from the store when you go shopping. Take stretching breaks at least every hour at work to avoid sitting for prolonged periods.
Making small changes like these may not seem like a big deal, but it drastically impacts your health.
Work With A Personal Trainer
One of the most effective methods for getting (and staying) in shape any time of year is to work with a personal trainer. Ralph Roberts is a certified trainer who offers individual, group, and sports training as well as customized workout plans. Contact Ralph Roberts Training today to get a free training session!