5 Ways to Stay in Shape During Winter
As the cold of winter sets in, you might find it harder and harder to exercise. Depending on where you live, access to outdoor activities, such as running, swimming, or hiking, are likely drastically reduced. If you usually rely on these to help you stay in shape, you could be at risk for losing all the benefits of your training during these chilly months.
However, there are other ways to get in a workout without going outside. Here are some of the best ways to shape in shape during the winter.
1. Quick and Strenuous Workouts at Home
For many people, the shorter days and longer nights seem to sap energy and make you feel like crawling into bed as soon as you get home from work. Therefore, going to the gym and committing to an hour-long workout seems nearly impossible.
Instead of stressing yourself out over this, simply try to work out for 20 to 30 minutes at home. There are a number of high intensity interval training programmes out there to help you burn fat and build muscle from the comfort of your living room. You could even try using exercise DVDs, bodyweight circuits, or simply going up and down the stairs.
2. Work Out at Lunchtime or in the Morning
Waiting until after work to exercise means it will be dark and dreary, which may take away from your energy levels. Instead, working out during your lunch break or before you head into the office is the best choice.
Not only will it be easier to accomplish, but it will also make you feel more energised for the rest of the day. You'll receive a spike of endorphins, which will help you focus and stay awake as the sun begins to set. Additionally, a study done by the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre discovered that you'll be more likely to eat healthy after working out.
3. Exercise With a Friend
Everything is easier when you have a bit of motivation. Dragging a friend along on your workouts is exactly the kind of motivation you need. They'll force you to stay committed and not flake out on scheduled workouts.
Even better, it's a good way to meet new friends and become re-acquainted with old ones. Join a new fitness group at your gym or get in touch with your old pals to encourage accountability and maximise fun.
4. Get Enough Sleep
Sleeping in the winter usually isn't a problem, but it's important to make sure you are getting quality sleep. Try to stick to around eight hours a night – more or less could disrupt your internal clock. For example, if you sleep less on weeknights and try to catch up by sleeping four extra hours on the weekend, you'll basically be giving yourself jet lag. Instead, rely on a consistent sleep pattern to keep yourself grounded.
Not only that, but sleep has been shown to boost energy levels, strength your immune system, and even contribute to weight loss by regulating appetite and metabolism.
5. Give Your Body the Nutrients It Needs
In addition to exercise and sleeping well, also be sure that you are treating your body right. Because you will not be getting as much sun during the winter, you might want to invest in getting a UV lamp to improve your energy levels and regulate your body's internal clock.
Additionally, it would be rather helpful to try our Vitamin D3 supplements or Vitamin D3 and Vitamin C immunity pack. Vitamin D is essential for helping your body communicate properly, but is only produced in the body when your skin is exposed to the sun, meaning you might be lacking it during the winter.
By following this advice, you will be able to maintain your endurance, strength, and overall fitness until the weather begins to warm up in the spring.
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- Kristy Snyder