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Fitness

Winter and Exercise — The Perfect Combo

by Valentino Perrina

The winter season is here and even if you didn’t get your wish of a white Christmas, you’ll surely be enjoying the chill weather. The season of warm coats and hot coffee brings about plenty of opportunities for you to have fun.

In all these good things about this season, one disadvantage stands out like a sore thumb. How to keep up with your workout routine during winter?

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Finding the Motivation

There’s no surprise that the activity level of most people fluctuate during winters. The main cause of this decrease is environmental factors. It’s a lot easier to get out and exercise during warmer season and so winters bring about a lazy side of you.

Are you down with winter blues? Good news then. Working out during winters can help you get over the gloomy mood. The only thing you need is some motivation.

Weight Management

Taking those long hikes and exercising hard at the gym is just a routine during summers. You aim to achieve all your weight management goals before the dreary season of winter arrives. Well, you might be in for a surprise.

Studies have proven that weight management is easier during winters. Exercising in colder climates helps burn fat quicker as compared to exercising during warmer climates.

Prepare in Advance

Winter season can be slow and many times you end up feeling lethargic because of winter blues. A great way to combat this is to prepare for your exercise routine in advance. Make sure to lay out your exercise clothes and equipment the night before. Having them in front of your eyes will serve as a visual reminder. Pack your gym bag and other essentials. Don’t leave anything for the last minute. This can hold you back from achieving your goal.

If you are getting ready for an outdoor exercise, make sure you layer up well. Go for lightweight fabric that is exercise- specific.

Safety First

If the weather outside is safe, only then it’s wise to opt for an outdoor exercise routine. Remember that safety comes first. Always use reflective strips or bright colors when out running during dark days and night. No workout routine is worth risking your safety for.

If the weather doesn’t allow for an outdoor exercise routine, reschedule. Winter is a cruel season for injuries. They take a long time to heal. Simply not worth the hassle. Get busy with some exercises at home if you don’t want to miss out.

These are just some things that’ll help you keep up with your exercise routine even when the temperature gets low. The important thing is to find inspiration. Once you get the motivation to overcome the winter blues and take on your exercise routine, there’ll be no stopping you. And last of all, don’t forget to have fun. Use winter as an excuse to get into new activities and keep yourself active during the season.

Stay motivated my friends….

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Author: Valentino Perrina