Fitness Tips When the Weather Makes You Want to Stay in Bed
It’s that time of year. The leaves have changed and are starting to fall. It’s too cold to just wear a t-shirt outside, but not cold enough to pull out your full-sized down North Face made of goose feathers. It’s cloudy more often making you feel a little more sleepy. The weather gives that cozy and lazy feel that calls for thick, long socks, hot lattes, and staying in your warm bed a little longer. It’s getting cold. But a lot of times, that occurrence screws up our motivation to get to the gym. I know that in the last two weeks, getting to the gym has seemed less and less appealing and my warm blankets and 7 pillows more and more inviting. So how do we get over our lack of motivation and find new ways to liven up our workout regimen in the increasingly cold weather? When it comes to losing motivation, I’ve found a few things that have helped me get back on my game. So here’s some tips to liven up your routine and make the colder weather a little better.
Add a completely new and different workout to your week
I recently started taking a spin class once a week at Lifetime Fitness. I’m not a biker, but that doesn’t mean it’s one of the best kick butt workouts I’ve ever done. In 45 minutes, I can burn 500 calories and be drenched in sweat from head to toe. And besides it being a calorie torcher, it also builds leg muscle when you use resistance as opposed to running which can actually decrease leg muscle. Another nice thing about an added class is that they meet at a scheduled time, which gives you some great accountability to get out of bed in the morning!
Take your workout outside
Fall is the best time to take your normal run, walk, or bike outside. It’s not too hot or too cold. Plus, the changing leaves make the most beautiful backdrop for a good sweat sash. Throw on a nice thermal long sleeve like my favorite Nike Pro Warm Half-Zip Training Top to keep you warm enough while exercising outside but still allowing your skin to breathe. I’ve had this zip for 3 years, and I’ve never loved a long sleeve active top more!
Update your workout wardrobe
Add some new pieces to your activewear collection to make you a little more excited to get dressed for the gym! Lululemon has some of the cutest long sleeves and leggings right now for the fall- for both guys and girls! Or if you’re ballin’ on a budget, some of my all time favorite places to find name brand athletic wear like Adidas, Nike, Calvin Klein, and more are at Marshall’s and TJ Maxx.
Find some yummy healthy fall recipes
A lot of times when I find a new recipe that I LOVE, I find myself way more encouraged to eat healthy. I have an entire board on my Pinterest page for All Things Fall. Check it out to give you some inspiration!
Take a hot cup of coffee to go
The last few mornings, I’ve been waking up and making my favorite brown sugar cinnamon latte with coconut almond milk. It’s a great way to get my pre-workout caffeine AND it’s a cozy fall drink. Not many people realize it, but coffee is a actually a great natural pre-workout. The caffeine is enough to get your blood flowing and ready for a heavy sweat sesh.
Find a workout buddy
This one’s simple. You’re going to be held way more accountable to getting to the gym if you do it with someone. Plus, it makes it way more fun!
Don’t beat yourself up if you fall off your high-training-intensity-train
Everyone’s fitness journey ebbs and flows. Your weight fluctuates. Your muscle mass fluctuates. Your body fat fluctuates. That’s okay! Don’t beat yourself up when you miss a workout, eat the apple cider donut, or feel super lazy. One thing I’m learning is that it’s all a process. Gaining another 5lbs after cutting and getting super tiny is normal. Even heathy! Your body was created to adapt. It’s actually so cool! So don’t worry too much about how the upcoming winter season is affecting your fitness groove. I promise, you’re doing great!
I know that staying on top of hard workouts and eating healthy is really hard during the holiday months. Don’t resent this season! Embrace it! Maybe by incorporating some of these tips it’ll get a little easier. Maybe not. But I can promise you that seasons change, and you’ll find you’re rhythm again. Don’t lose heart! You’ve got this.