Ok, so not all of us are lucky enough to live in sunny California or hot hot Miami (where Kim K was spotted working out the other day). Here in London it’s getting more and more grim outside and whilst it’s tempting to dive headfirst into the stodgiest food available and choose lying on the sofa in front of the fire instead of the gym, you’re not likely to enjoy all the fun of the festive season if you’re worn out and hidden under a pile of snotty tissues!
So here are some easy ways to keep your exercise routine up during winter; who says you’ve gotta wait until January to turn over a new fitness leaf?
1. Incorporate exercise into your day-to-day routine
We know it’s bloody freezing in the mornings and that it sometimes goes dark as early as 4pm, which is certainly not going to put you in the mood for a post-work gym trip – but there’s no reason why you can’t be more active during work hours. Go for a fast walk on your lunch break or even fit in a cheeky gym visit at dinner time. You’ll feel motivated all afternoon and you’ve got a great excuse to head straight to your sofa come 5.
2. Bring new meaning to the phrase home gym
Don’t fancy heading outside into the wind and rain? We don’t blame you. But don’t overlook what your house or flat has to offer – you can work up quite a sweat jogging up and down your stairs, doing sit ups while your housemate sits on your legs (housemate optional), or using mini weights while catching up on the Hollyoaks omnibus.
3. Get off one stop earlier
There’s nothing worse than being stuck on a train, tram or bus full of people sneezing and sniffing, so do your immune system and body a favour by getting off a stop before your usual and adding a few extra minutes of walking to your routine – you’d be surprised how much this can add up over a working week.
4. Swap your sport
If you usually play outdoor sports – netball, tennis or football maybe – then consider swapping for something which you can enjoy inside while it’s howling and pouring down with rain. Yoga’s great and exercises all of your body parts, as does swimming. If you don’t fancy changing your sport completely then look into your local facilities – many fitness centres have indoor netball/squash/tennis courts, or indoor football pitches, and lots of them are free to use.
5. Invest in new clothing
We don’t really ever need an excuse to buy new clothes but if you’re planning on exercising in winter you’ve got a good reason to add to your wardrobe. Layers are key for exercising when it’s cold – pick sporty pieces which are easily removed when you get warm and can just as easily go back on when you’ve cooled down.
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