As bikini season is coming to a close, it might be tempting to snuggle up in a cosy jumper and skip a workout or two (or a month’s worth – I could go on). If you are need of some winter motivation, here are 10 reasons to help.
Disclaimer: I am not a personal trainer, fitness expert or dietician/nutritionist – just a girl who likes being healthy.
They say summer bodies are made in the winter
If your main concern is your physical appearance, now is the time to get in to shape. Every year, people will flock to the latest diets and go to extreme measures, just to look good when out in the heat. The problem with this, is that it tends to be not healthy, sustainable or even worthwhile. Now is the time to take baby steps and push to make permanent lifestyle changes.
Physical changes do still show in the winter
Yes – hypocritical as I have uploaded bikini comparison images. But even when covered up from head to toe – a difference will show. I edited my routine in the fall and I instantly noticed that my face shape was more defined and I preferred how my clothes looked.
There are countless benefits
I believe in promoting health and self-confidence. To me, it is not about trying to keep up with the latest body trends or telling people that they need to be a certain size or weight. One person’s ideal is another person’s – I need to go to the gym.
When I think of exercise and healthy eating now, I think of my transformation as a distinction in appearance, but mainly I notice my increased energy, the confidence to believe in myself and the overall feelings of positivity that I now have. Taking care of yourself gives you so much, that it is significant at any stage of the year.
It is another way to keep warm
I live in the UK and I understand that some people reading this will be lucky enough to not have this tip apply. If you live somewhere cold nevertheless, you will most-likely be cranking up your indoor heating which can wreck havoc on your skin.
Of course exercise cannot keep you warm 24.7, yet it can help when you are freezing inside.
Working out feels better
As much as I love summer (I am a Leo), I hate having to do fitness when I am already boiling hot. Running in particular – where there is no aircon, in my opinion is much nicer when you can feel a breeze.
You are giving your immune system the best chance
As stated in my disclaimer, I am not expert. I do know though that wellness makes us stronger. Personally I have been far less ill since editing my lifestyle habits.
It helps you to stop feeling sluggish
In summer, I am generally extra active. I will increase my walking, be forced to run with my little sisters and probably be more social. In winter on the other hand, I will watch double the amount of movies and cuddle up on the sofa. This can lead to a sluggish, yucky sensation. That – oh I am so bloated and I cannot move. Good choices can help deter from this.
It is easier to add vegetables to your diet
You may not want to eat salads or a fruit platter. Be that as it may, the temperature drop might have you reaching for stews, soups and stir-fry’s. The perfect opportunity to improve your variety of veg. My favourite is to roast broccoli, courgette (zucchini) and tomatoes in the oven with herbs and olive oil. I can add them to any dish and work towards my 5-a-day.
You can beat the winter blues
I certainly felt upset coming back from my holiday – one minute walking in the sunshine, the next zipping up my jacket. Whilst health may not bring me back to swimming in the sea, it can rapidly excel my mood. It is a rarity for a person to exercise or have a healthy meal and then regret it after.
It can grant you a new lease of life
Towards the end of the year, reflection starts to happen. If you are single – perhaps you wish for a partner. If your friend reaches a new promotion – maybe you question your own career. Rather than wait for New Years to hit and walk into a packed gym, modify what you want now.
By setting goals and completing them, you can mentally prepare yourself to be aware of your capabilities and satisfied with who you are. I know when I kept taking my ex back, I had such low self-esteem. When I experienced a transition, I became far more powerful in believing in me.
Do you have any tips to help with winter motivation? Do you prefer working out in the cold or heat?