Stay Motivated This Winter
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The temperatures are starting to plummet, which means motivation for exercise can go down as well. If you’re feeling bored or unmotivated, this can be the perfect time to change things up and find a spark. Keep in mind, the goal of being active is for at least 30 minutes nearly every day, but the 30 minutes should never feel boring. If it does, add some variety to keep things fresh.
Try Something New
Schedules change as fast as the weather this time of year, but that can provide you the opportunity to change your workout routine. Variety is important when it comes to exercise. Diverse exercise routines target different muscle groups and reduce the risk of overuse injuries. Altering your training can help you get over those pesky plateaus too! There are so many fun ways to exercise requiring little space or equipment. If you need help getting started, consult a coach or exercise physiologist.
Participating in an exercise class is a great way to keep your workouts consistent and scheduled. If you’re looking for some extra accountability, this could be your answer. Attending a scheduled class is like having an appointment on your calendar. Exercise classes can range in activities from Yoga to Bootcamp. Adult basketball, tennis, and even ping-pong leagues are easy to find, so you’ll likely find something that fits your interests and fitness level. Many exercise classes are available virtually; this is a great way to keep the structure of a class and preserve the convenience and safety of staying at home.
Whether you have a home gym or a small space in front of the TV, home exercise is always an option. If you are unsure about investing in home equipment, there are plenty of resources through apps and online videos that can bring workouts to your fingertips. The investment in simple equipment, such as bands or a mat, is small and the payoff is large.
Regardless of how you choose to workout this winter, don’t skip it. Exercise is the single most important factor in maintaining health, and consistency is the key to maximizing the benefits.
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Written by BWS Lead Health Coach- Kelly Schlather, BS, ASCM – CEP