MKR's Scott Gooding's motivational winter fitness tips
Scott Gooding is a) an exceptional personal trainer, b) a fitness guru, c) rather handy in the kitchen, and d) a top bloke, and a cheeky one at that. He also has the most insane blue eyes, which any lady would probably kill for.
For those of you who don’t recognise him as one half of the ‘Bondi Boys’ from the latest season of cooking reality show My Kitchen Rules, you’re still in for a treat. Here, Scotty shares his top tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and training regimen during winter, because even he knows it’s hard to stay motivated when the days are short and the nights are bitterly cold…
Scott Gooding’s best fitness tips for staying motivated in winter
#1. Don’t let the cold weather affect your workout session.
Just because it’s blowing a gale outside and the temperature is almost freezing, there’s no excuse to cancel a workout. You can still effectively exercise in the comfort of your own home or office with next to no room and zero equipment. Try Scotty’s Five Matrix exercise technique – five squats jumps, five split lunges, five sprawls, five mountain climbers and five push-ups continuously for at least two to five minutes – and you’ll trick your body into an aerobic and strength training session in one.
#2. Use the cold weather to your advantage.
The cooler temperature and chilly winds during winter will automatically leave your body at a lower temperature. But don’t view this as a negative. You’ll be able to work harder for longer periods without the risk of overheating like in summer, which ultimately results in the burning of more calories.
#3. Don’t allow the darkness to demotivate you.
Let’s be honest - training outside on a dark, cold night can be a struggle. Beat your urge to bail on exercise by joining a community of like-minded people. (Read: a running club, boot camp, or boxing gym.) By exercising with others, you’ll not only relieve loneliness and feel motivated to show up, but learn new skills and make friends, too.
#4. Do indulge in hearty healthy winter food.
You’re likely to have less social engagements at this time of year, so use your time at home wisely. Focus on creating healthy food, learning new recipes and preparing meals for the rest of the week and you’ll eliminate the risk of making poor food choices. And the healthier you eat, the better you’ll feel, leaving you more to energised and amped for exercise. Scotty recommends arming yourself with a slow cooker so you can easily prepare nutritious meat dishes. Throw in beef cheeks and some dark ale mixed with honey, carrot, celery, onion and cinnamon before you hit the gym and you’ll come home to a nutritious, warming meal.
Did you watch Scott Gooding on the most recent season of My Kitchen Rules? Did you know he’s a personal trainer as well as talented cook? Will you be utilising any of his exercise tips?
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