As the temperature drops, it tempts us to fall into a kind of hibernation mode, increasing our time on couches under blankets, and we find ourselves sleeping longer in winter. And while there’s nothing wrong with being comfortable and relaxed, it can easily take a negative turn into a consistent pattern of laziness and inactivity that can be hard to break.
I personally struggle with exercising in the winter, find myself lame excuses to skip my workouts and then feel bad about it. Remember, no one has ever regretted a good workout, so here are some reminders and tips to keep you happy and healthy this season.
- Immune system booster: Exercise not only helps keep you in tip-top shape, but it does the same with your immune system, which often suppresses the lack of natural sunlight (vitamin D) in winter and increased exposure to cold air. Don’t want to miss your next vacation party because of a bad cold? Get some cardio to help your immune cells perform better to fight infection.
- Improve your mood: Georgetown University Medical School Professor of Clinical Psychiatry. According to Norman Rosenthal, six percent of the United States population suffers from seasonal affective disorder, a major depression that manifests itself in response to short, dark winter days and may manifest itself. Symptoms include social isolation, loss of energy, weight gain, and an extra 2.5 hours of sleep a day. And even if you are not clinically diagnosed with SAD, the less severe “winter blues” symptoms are still just as real and can affect your mental health. Rosenthal points out that 30 to 60 minutes of exercise daily can help reduce these symptoms, mainly due to the brain’s stimulated production of the “happy” chemical serotonin.
- Cold Weather Cooking: Delicious stews, meats, pies, cakes and cocktails usually come up on the menu during the holiday season and although it is important not to limit yourself to grandma’s homemade apple pie, lack of exercise makes weight gain much easier than everyone else. Hearty or sugary behavior. Try to prepare food to avoid temptation.
So, with these benefits in mind, you can still say to yourself, “It’s too cold to run” or “I don’t want to go to the gym in the snow.” The solution is simple: work at home!
While some may feel that they are limited by the space in their home, the reality is that you can still do a lethal workout, even in a small apartment – you just need to be inspired. You can always do body weight workouts, high intensity interval training or PiYo and hand weights and kettlebells take up no more space than a blender.
And for those of you who are looking for an extra level of accountability, I would say seriously consider investing in home gym equipment. I know there are always stories about people buying a treadmill or bench press set and then watching it collect dust, but it’s sad because they didn’t buy the right equipment or choose to stop prioritizing their fitness, general and general. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide what your health value is, not just in the financial context.
You deserve something that will make you feel good inside and out – why not something that you can use for the rest of your life? Quality fitness equipment is an investment that will last for many years.
Investing in something like a high-quality treadmill, rover, bike or even a home gym is a purchase that you or someone in your family can use and you can do multiple things at home. Instead of Netflix and Kill, Netflix and run a few miles! You can now watch your favorite shows without feeling lazy, because you are getting up and running.
Another advantage of working at home is that it allows you to focus only on yourself, not what the person next to you is lifting. I find that when I try to beat myself up, instead of comparing myself to a random stranger, I tend to get much better results and feel more satisfied with the overall work. Even for those who have babies and pets, you can keep an eye on them as you work – just remember, the time on your machine is ultimately your time, so don’t push yourself too hard with Charlie or the key until it’s sparky. .
There are plenty of options to choose from when choosing equipment, so I also recommend talking to a professional who can give you the right direction based on your budget and unique fitness goals.
And on those cold days when you feel very cold and tired of doing something, just remember how well you felt after your last sweaty sigh –– and warm–– throw off your favorite workout gear, and you’ll keep that summer bud. And the inner glow throughout the winter.