While the sun may still shine, it’s clear that autumn is here. It is getting to be almost impossible to get out of bed in the morning. It doesn’t take too long for autumn to disrupt your summer routine. You might find yourself skipping your morning workout or snoozing your alarm ten thousand times. In the winter months it is also more difficult to eat well, which can lead to lower energy levels and disrupted sleep patterns. It’s not fun!
Adala Balta, co-founder of ZADI, has some tips that will help you stay motivated to exercise in winter. (ZADI is a boutique gym for women that is exclusively female)
1. Find a friend
This is a great way to keep yourself on track when you feel like getting off track, whether it’s by joining a gym or simply by chatting with a friend. It’s also a great way to meet like-minded people.
2. Measure your results
Advanced technology is used in many HIIT and functional training classes to track your progress and measure your heart rate. Some gyms, for example, use wearable technology and real time biometric monitoring to allow trainers and members to monitor and assist each session. The app allows members to monitor their performance and track outputs. Members can also stay connected with all the relevant information to help them reach their goals. This technology makes it easy to measure your success and not compare yourself to others.
3. Find a fitness program that you like
You often exercise in your limited time so make sure you have fun! There are so many choices, it’s not worth putting up with a boring exercise routine. There is something for everyone, whether it’s dancing, boxing or yoga, and there are many options. It’s up to you to discover what works best for you.
4. Use a smartphone app
There is so much technology available, so why not make the most of it and download some motivational apps that will help you achieve your health goals. These apps can count calories and track your daily steps, helping you stay motivated even when you feel like you are losing your mojo. It adds a sense of ‘gamification’ that encourages perseverance and pushes you forward.
5. Preparing meals in advance
Preparing can help you not only set healthy eating habits in stone but also save time and money. You can make a large batch of healthy soups, stir-fries or curry in winter. It will last you for a week. Even better, you can divide the pot into small containers and keep them in the freezer. You can cook a meal you made at home when you get home from work, rather than ordering takeout.