How-to: maintain your fitness during winter
Winter is finally here, but that doesn't mean you have to fall victim to winter weight gain or stop your weight loss journey. Nope, not on beautyheaven's watch! From indoor exercises to exercise videos, there's always a solution for a quick winter workout.
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So throw on your winter workout clothes and grab your winter workout gear because this cold weather season you’re going to resist the urge to become lazy and stack on the kilos; you’re going to keep up your winter fitness. How? By following former My Kitchen Rules contestant and personal trainer Scott Gooding’s three fitness tips below…
TIP #1: Don’t ever believe it’s too cold for outdoor exercise.
If you use this excuse, it’s highly likely you say it’s “too hot” in summer also. Your fitness levels are constantly fluctuating, which means around 72 hours after your last training session any benefits gained will start to decline. So if you’re going to maintain your current fitness levels or even improve them, you need to constantly push yourself – yes, even if it’s cold outside. Basically, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it so rug up and brave the cold – you’ll be stripping off your layers once you’ve warmed up!
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TIP #2: When it’s too wet outside, try something new indoors.
Never used the weights area at your gym? Too scared to try? Ask a personal trainer (PT) to help guide you – that’s what they’re there for. But if the ‘manly’ machines are too daunting, try using a kettlebell instead. It’s great for core strength and easy to use, but make sure you ask a PT for instructions first to avoid hurting yourself. Don’t own a gym membership? Why not join a boxing class? Or a dancing class? Both are fun and excellent at improving your fitness levels.
TIP #3: Make use of the space in your own home.
Your lounge room isn’t just great for watching TV – it makes for a great exercising space, too. Try functional exercises like squats, burpees and lunges, as they work multiple joints and muscles, help ensure you stay warm, and allow you to get the most out of your workout in a short amount of time.
And one final tip from bh… If you’re looking for some more at-home exercise inspiration, hit up the ol’ YouTube. It literally has thousands and thousands of easy-to-follow workout routines, and they won’t cost you a single penny. Love.
How do you ensure you continue to exercise in winter? What’s your exercise schedule like during the cooler months? Do you have any cold weather-friendly exercises to share?
PS. For more fitness and health tips from Scott, check out his 10 commandments of weight loss and Top motivational fitness tips, or engage with the MKR star on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and at Scotty Gooding Fitness.