5 easy ways to make sure the cold weather doesn’t stop you exercising

Photo: Matt Cherhbino

Photo: Matt Cherhbino

It’s no secret that when winter rolls around most people start to slip into hibernation mode. I’ve seen it for 18 years – the snooze button takes over, people run away from the cold, start eating more and it’s a slippery slope from there. When September rolls around, guess what I hear them say? “I’ve done it again.”

I understand that mustering up motivation can be harder in cooler months. However, the saying “summer bodies are made in winter” is one of my favourites. So here are some of my simple strategies to make sure you don’t let the cold get in between you and your goals this winter.

1. Remember: We don’t rust
As a boy from Tassie, this is one of my dad’s favourite sayings. So, remember, don’t be a fair-weather Freddy. Get out there, get your training ticked off and certainly don’t let a bit of rain and cold scare you off.

2. Lay it all out the night before
One of the oldest tricks in the book, this a must when we want to make it as easy as possible to get up and out of bed in the morning. I’m always saying that when you fail to plan you plan to fail, so be prepared and get your gear out the night before so when your alarm goes off you can jump out of bed without having to think twice.

Photo: supplied

Photo: supplied

3. Keep it indoors
OK, so if you’re one of those people who absolutely cannot bear a bit of wintery weather, the good news is you can still get great results from training at home. My 28 program sees incredible results from people working inside every day. Just get your hands on a few of the basics: a mat and pair of dumbbells, to get that HIIT workout ticked off without even having to leave the house.

4. Rethink comfort foods
When it comes to staying in shape, I always say that nutrition and training are of equal importance, and when we’re trying to keep fit over winter, it’s pivotal that we don’t let our nutrition fall totally by the wayside. However, when you get home after a big day of work and it’s a freezing-cold night, I completely understand the temptation to warm up with heavier foods. The good news is, there’s no need to ditch your favourite comfort foods all together. Try my grain-free lasagne or my cauliflower mac and cheese for a healthy take on your favourites.

5. Find a friend
If your workout buddy is the type of person who texts you the night before asking, “Should we really go for a run in the morning?”, then it might be time to find a new one. Grab a friend who will not only push you but make you accountable (and will actually turn up for your workout).

Don’t let the season affect your routine. At the end of the day, we know that our body doesn’t discriminate. If we over-eat and don’t move enough, then we will store extra kilos; that’s that. So, show your body who’s boss this winter and don’t let that great routine you established in the warmer months fall in a heap when the cold weather rolls around.

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