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Get up and go this winter

Come winter and you feel as if your get-up-and-go got up and left? Sure, it’s harder to leave the comfort of our home in winter. But that doesn’t mean you have to let all your hard work during the summer months go to waste. And, at the end of the winter, there’s another summer looming, so it’s important to maintain your fitness, keep your weight in the healthy range and maintain your strength. Here are some helpful tips to stay motivated during the chilly months.

Plan your week

Schedule in your training sessions at the start of the week. Make sure your schedule is visible, by setting reminders or writing it down somewhere. Make sure your schedule is realistic and practical though, so you don’t get side-tracked by other commitments.

Keep your gym kit in the car

It’s much easier to go to gym straight from work. If you go home first, you’ll only find excuses not to go. Besides, you’ll skip the traffic.

Dress warmly

If you’re not comfortable, you won’t enjoy your exercise session and you’ll be less likely to stick to your exercise programme. Dress appropriately in lightweight, warm training garments. These are widely available at affordable prices. You can rather start off with warm layers and take them off once you’re warm from exercising. Remember to wear reflective gear if you’re venturing outdoors, as shorter days often mean training in the dark.

Have some fun

If your motivation levels are low in winter, it’s important to choose the right kind of exercise that will boost your mood. Now is maybe not the best time to start a running programme if the thought of getting up in the morning to run on the treadmill or outdoors fills you with dread. Rather opt for what you know you enjoy. If you enjoy exercising in a group, then commit to a group exercise class about three times a week. Check out the GO Health group class timetable at your nearest club.

Enjoy perfect weather inside

Of course, the gym is the perfect place to exercise during winter, because you don’t have to battle the cold or rain. So, there’s no excuse not to visit us this winter.