Training in winter: When Summer bodies are made

Many people pause their training in winter and get back into fitness as the weather improves. But results don’t happen overnight, so if you want to maintain the fitness you’ve worked hard to achieve, or you’ve got a bit of a competitive streak, keep moving in the cold months and you’ll be a step ahead when the warm weather arrives.  Here are some tips to keep you moving this winter:

Training in winter

Be prepared when training in winter

The more comfortable you feel, higher the chances are of you training in winter. Preparing your active wear wardrobe with appropriate winter clothing will help ensure you are equipped to face the cold for an outdoor workout or a dash to and from the gym. Think compression wear and lightweight jackets – any excuse to go shopping, right?

Use the cold to your advantage

Embrace the brisker weather and use the cold to your advantage.  Exercising in hot environments – such as running outside on a hot day – can often impact performance as the body struggles to keep your internal temperature stable. Although it can take a little longer to get going in the cold, our bodies are better able to regulate core temperature in cooler conditions, making winter a great time to get serious about your training. Don’t forget to stay hydrated, and warm up before exercising, and cool down afterwards, to help prevent injury.

Plan an active escape

A short winter trip could be just what you need to keep your motivation to stay in shape on track. Book a hiking adventure or enjoy a winter horse or mountain-biking trail (see https://www.linx.co.za/trails/lists/horslist.html) for some options. And if you haven’t yet done so, you have to put Tiffindell, South Africa’s very own skiing resort in the Eastern Cape on your bucket list! For more information, see http://www.tiffindell.co.za/http://www.tiffindell.co.za/.

Join an indoor team sport or dance classes

Sign up with an indoor team sport, such as netball, soccer and cricket. There are many options, offering women’s, men’s and mixed teams. Dance classes are also a good option for training in winter.

Training in winter with a buddy!

If you find being active in winter tough, hold yourself accountable by doing it with a friend or a group. Exercising together is a great tool for staying motivated. There will be some days when you just don’t feel like working out, but just knowing that your friend will be waiting for you will motivate you to keep your commitment to both your friend and your workout goals.

Exercise in bed

Training in winter does not have to be cold! Don’t want to get up extra early to log a morning workout at the gym? Fine, stay in bed. You can still transform your body with exercises you can do right on your mattress. Choose a few from this workout every day – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ettqAWn7LeM. You’ll burn more calories than you would by repeatedly hitting the snooze button!

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