It’s getting colder and we are losing the light, which doesn’t help the motivation levels for training over winter, right?
Here at Stabilis Fitness I cater for all budgets and goals. I coach people for 1-1 at The Gym Group Colchester Town Queens Street , Bootcamps Abbey Fields Colchester running all year around and Online training and nutritional advice to keep you moving and to beat the winter blues.
It’s getting colder and we are losing the light, which doesn’t help the motivation levels for training over winter, right? But if you’re tempted to hit the snooze button in the morning, remember this – staying motivated this winter requires a change to only one thing: your mindset. Sure, the conditions encourage eating more and doing less, but your motivation is based on two things. The first is having a goal or target to aim for. The second is clearly understanding the positive effects your actions will have on your life. Connect with these two forces and you will always be inspired.
It’s natural that as the dark nights draw in and temperatures begin to drop, some people will be tempted to hang up their exercise gear and hibernate? But did you know exercising indoors and outdoors in winter has shown to not only burn calories but assists with a sound mind and focus.
With my Bootcamps Colchester running all year round I find exercising outdoors brings more benefits than just training indoors especially burning more calories.
People who exercise indoors face no wind resistance, changes in terrain or adverse weather conditions to make their bodies battle harder during exercise. So during winter when the weather is at it’s worse, just by being outside you are already working harder than those inside!
Staying active throughout winter will also help beat those seasonal blues and keep you in tip top health.
And if that wasn’t enough, here’s 5 more great reasons why exercising in and out is better for us:
Endorphins – people who train outside experience higher levels of post exercise endorphins (the thing which makes us feel good!) but did you know they also act as natural pain-relievers!
Fresh Air – sounds obvious but it’s benefits are bigger than you think. Not only is it invigorating and refreshing the high oxygen levels generated by fresh air increase efficiency of almost all the reactions in your body – from weight loss, improved sleep, reduced anxiety and lowering your resting heart rate, they are all accelerated by fresh air.
Serotonin – helps you feel calm, alert and able. Exposure to the outdoor world boosts serotonin.
Vitamin D – this comes from natural sunlight which helps promote the absorption of calcium providing strength to the bones, reducing inflammation and boosting the immune system.
Variety– exercising outdoors gives you far more flexibility to perform exercise routines and work muscles functionally.
So next time you think about missing a session because it’s a bit cold or wet, get your outdoor kit on and get out there knowing that you will be burning far more calories than you would sitting on your couch!
If outside isn’t for you then come see me at The gym and let me guide you or let me design an online training plan to keep you going.
Health & Fitness Coach