Posted on December 04, 2019 by Josh Puttock

We know it can be easy to fall out of routine in the colder months – summer seems like a warm distant memory!

Going for a morning run when the sun is shining is easy, rolling out of bed when its dark and cold however, is another story. We all get tempted to skip out on our plans in the winter! So, we wanted to provide a list of our 5 top tips to keep your spirits and motivation high!

1. Avoid the snooze button

Sure, its tempting to hit that snooze button when you’re nice and warm in bed but waking up is half the battle. Getting into a habit of getting up to your alarm will start the process of forming a routine. After a week or so, you’ll be grateful you didn’t press snooze over and over!

2. Keep warm

For a lot of us, cold temperatures are the driving factor in avoiding winter exercise. And if outdoor exercise is a no-go, think about getting creative with your indoor sessions! Group classes and taking a trip to the swimming pool are great ways to exercise without getting too cold. Switch up the pavements for the treadmill – make the most of your gym facilities.

Another tip is to pop your workout clothes on the radiator – getting dressed will never be the same again!

3. Stay hydrated

Water is essential for any workout, but it’s also a great way to wake yourself up in the morning. Starting your day with a big glass of water fuels both your body and mind, keeping you hydrated as well as flushing out toxins. Adding a wedge of lemon is also a great way to cleanse your body!

4. Get a workout buddy

Like most things in life, staying motivated is easier with a helping hand. Finding a workout buddy will not only keep you accountable to your sessions, it will naturally push you a little harder during your workout. Did we mention it’s also fun? Spending time with a friend is sometimes all it takes to transform that difficult session into a sweaty catch up!

5. Eat well

It can be easy to be tempted by comfort food in the winter and this is not us telling you to avoid it all. What we will say however, is to make sure you still eat your fruit and vegetables. It’s all about balance after all.

Maintaining proper nutrition will aid recovery and keep you feeling tip top!

By Amy Cousins – Health & Fitness Blogger