For some, it can be challenging to stay fit during the winter season, especially for those who perform outdoor fitness activities. In fact, many people claim that factors such as cold temperature, lack of light, bad weather, being too tired and a lack of time are common barriers to outdoor physical activity. However, some strategies can be adopted to keep the motivation of staying fit alive. Here some suggestions:
Trying something new
If you are someone who prefers to stay in a dry, warm environment participating in fitness classes within a gym could be ideal. Attending a class with a friend or family member, could also aid in a greater sense of motivation. Moreover, many gyms offer different kinds of fitness classes, with or without music, with or without load and also choreography. It has been noted that the growing trend of group based activities with music and those of a more quiet natured based on stretching exercises are supported by scientific research regarding the benefits of participation. This research has identified that both improve aerobic capacity, muscular strength and balance control.
Partecipate in Winter sports
The likes of Ice skating, skiing, snowboarding and sledding are activities that you can participate in during the winter with your friends or family. This will also provide a seasonal activity, something to look forward to and a great way to develop new motor skills and abilities that could later benefit you in alternative fitness activities.
Exercise for health
Exercise prescription from a physician or regular counseling can improve motivation with the additional aid of self-monitoring with diaries or pedometers. This is a great way to set short, medium and long term goals and assess your progress along the way. The added benefit to this would be that, the fitter you are, the less likely you are to get sick during the winter. A fit and healthy body often results in a strong immune system.
Set a fitness goal to achieve before Summer
Commonly people start to exercise a few months before summer, often failing reaching the results they desired due to the lack of available time. Improving Muscular strength and aerobic capacities or weight loss are all goals that need to be trained consistently to be maintained or improved, therefore it is important stay active during winter season.
Train at home
Why not a safe and comfortable training at home with a professional equipment featuring specific training programs like MYRUN Technogym?
In conclusion, trying new activities, participating in winter sports, exercising for the health benefits and training at home are strong forms of maintaining motivation to stay fit during winter.