With the weather looking like this it has been pretty hard to go to a local gym or go for a jog in your neighborhood with the snow up to your knees!
Well, this photo was taken in the final week of December when we got struck with a snow storm. The forecast was expecting a lot of snow for today but as always the weather is unpredictable such as our exercise routine. So, how can you work around those winter workout blues with this weather?
1. Alright so you can’t go to the gym because of the weather? Let me say Kettlebells has been a great tool for a productive work out at home or outside. It can be quick, effective and it doesn’t take up much space as well. All you need is 1 Kettlebell to start off. In my opinion, it is one of the most effective tools out there reaping many benefits. A person will just have to be trained correctly in the beginning or they can start with a simple exercise on their own with the 2 handed swing and progress to a single hand swing. If you don’t have a Kettlebell you can also use a dumbbell.
2. Nutrition is very important in our daily lives and eating the right foods help us recover quicker. The right diet can help increase your endurance with the correct foods which stimulate your recovery and energy levels. In return, you’ll feel and gain more confidence in yourself. Also, every morning I have an extra big smile for the mirror which brightens my day!
3. Music has always been an inspiring way to get us moving. With the evolution of technology you can download so many songs onto your mp3 player. Go for a brisk walk or jog and listen to your favorite songs while exercising.
4. Recharge yourself by taking care of your body. Treat yourself to a spa and go for a nice massage. Relieving some aches and pains from a long week really helps you recover from a physical and mental stand point.
5. Aromatherapy is being used more frequently by people because it promotes your health, well-being, and vitality by the use of plant essences. These natural plant essences are known as essential oils and they have been used for medicines, massage oils, etc. They deliver a boost of energy affecting our physical and spiritual states.
6. There isn’t much more to say but ensuring you get an adequate amount of sleep is essential. The key is recovery and having enough sleep to function the next day is important. But be careful as oversleeping can also be an issue as it has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, etc.
7. Always keep a diary of your progression. I personally get motivated seeing my prior notes if I ran an extra 1/4 mile from the previous month or what areas I need to improve with my nutritional habits. By putting in small goals and achieving them is a huge motivational factor. It also helps you get closer to those larger goals that you originally thought was impossible.
8. Having a work out buddy is a huge bonus and whenever you are down or reluctant to exercise you know who will be giving you a call or most likely at your door!
9. Not up for a workout so you deserve a week off. Instead, go to a local recreational center and do something fun. Do some indoor swimming or sign up for an indoor pick up league such as basketball. This is a great way in meeting new friends and also staying healthy at the same time.
10. Take some time out for yourself and relax. Do some form of relaxation technique such as Qi Gong or Yoga which has been around for centuries. Qi Gong will help boost your energy levels and promote blood flow within your body.
So, what I’ve realized is that all these reminders are good but if you don’t have the intention to follow through with them it is pointless. You must put your thoughts and intention into your goals moving forward with your action. One tip I would like to share is with the timely exertion you can overcome any obstacle or road block that comes your way. Remember you aren’t alone with those winter workout blues. Now what are you waiting for?!