1. Embrace the Cold Weather
One of the best ways to stay in shape during the cold months is to get out there and face it like a man. Whether you enjoy downhill skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating or just bundling up and going for a run, getting outside will be invigorating and will provide a great change of pace from cooping yourself up inside all the time. David Weck, the inventor of the BOSU Balance Trainer, suggests running in the snow as an activity that will be so intense that it will wear you down quickly, give you a great workout and get you back inside before your sweat has the chance to freeze.
2. Hook Yourself Up With New Gear
On that note, Physique Bodyware’s line of moisture wicking gear will help keep you stay warm and dry through Flexing weather conditions. Really, you’ll want some new workout clothes to help you get into the gym, more often, says trainer Todd Durkin, founder of Fitness Quest 10 and author of The Impact! Body Plan. Clearly, this will help you look better while working out, but more importantly, it will provide you with the proper apparel to face the cold. Face it when you look good, you feel good. Physique Bodyware can help find a happy medium with your budget – don’t feel the need to spend too much but don’t automatically go for the cheapest available workout pants or shorts unless you can tell that they will be effective. Buy American, Physique Bodyware has got you covered! Sign up today at Physique Bodyware and save 20% off your first order.
3. Get a Workout Wingman
“Training with a buddy is one of the best ways to increase accountability,” says Durkin. Making the commitment to train with someone, whether it’s a friend or personal trainer, often forces a different, increased level of effort in your training. If you’re exercising with someone else, that means you’ll have to keep to more of a set schedule (no more putting off the gym until it’s so late you decide to bag it), you’ll be pushing each other to achieve more and you’ll probably have a much better time getting fit than you’d have alone. If this dynamic isn’t a part of your routine already, the winter is a great time to start exercising while being a bit more social than usual.
4. Refresh Your Workout Playlists
It’s a new year and the weather sucks, so it’s time for some new music to get you going. Bear in mind that the best exercise music has been found to be between 120 and 140 beats per minute, and try to work out to some material you’re not that familiar with for a change. FYI: Checkout our line of custom fitting men’s hoodies perfect for all weather training.
5. Overhaul Your Diet
It’s a very simple tip that applies any time of year, but winter is when most people stay in, warm up and eat rich foods and drink hearty beers. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but as Weck and Durkin put it (along with several other trainers), “You can’t out-train a bad diet.” Keep that in mind, and also know that the good thing about being more active is that you’ll be more conscious of what you’re putting into your body since you won’t want to undo all of that hard work.
6. Try Something Completely New
According to Durkin, there probably isn’t a better time of year to start doing some form of exercise that you’ve always avoided for one reason or another. Doing something new will force you to be fully engaged with the activity, helping you stay away from boredom that could lead you down the path of stagnation or backtracking. Whatever you haven’t tried yet but have always had some interest, whether it’s kettle bell training, yoga, CrossFit or something else, just get some good instruction and take this tough time of year and make it into a learning experience. More good articles available here.