The coming of winter brings a lot of changes: We see the sun less and less, get busy for the holidays, and take out the cold weather gear. None of these changes are fundamentally bad — especially not the holidays — but they can make getting in a sweat session a little more challenging. So, you may be wondering how you’re going to keep your workout game going strong.
Luckily, I can help. Read my three tips on how you can make seasonal changes work for you so you can avoid losing momentum (which means one less New Year’s resolution, because by then, you’ll have been kicking butt at this all year long).
Tip No. 1: Say No Problem to No Daylight
There’s nothing more difficult than getting out of your warm, cozy bed on a cold, dark winter morning to exercise. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll spend at least five minutes lying there trying to think of a good reason not to. But, whether your desire to skip your dark morning or evening workout is a safety thing or a motivational thing, there’s an easy solution: Grab a partner.
You’ll feel safer taking your workout outside with someone beside you, and a partner will prevent you from bailing whether you’re indoors or out. Another great option is utilizing your lunch break — most anywhere sees daylight by noon, and cooler weather means you can squeeze in a little walk or jog without sweating your face off.
Tip No. 2: Enjoy the Quick But Effective Workout
The winter holiday season often means lots of plans and holiday shopping, traveling to see those you love, or preparing to host them at your place. Whether it’s just one of these or all of them, busy times can mean putting your gym sessions on the back burner … but there is a way to make this year different.
If you’re low on time or just don’t have much space at your in-laws’ house, focus on making your workouts quick but effective by turning to timed workouts that will guarantee you’re done in under an hour (or under 20 minutes!). Think EMOM, Tabata, or AMRAP. Once you know the structure of these workouts, it’s super easy to make them your own based on the equipment and time you have available.
Always get the most out of the time you spend by fueling your body with the best nutrition possible. (Don’t even worry about how you’ll get your daily IsaLean® Shake or IsaPro® fix. We’ve got you covered with the battery-operated cobranded Isagenix PROMiXX™ Blender, so you can make your shake no matter where you go this holiday season.)
Tip No. 3: Defy Cold Weather
One of the hardest times to get in exercise is when it’s freezing outside (in fact, it’s hard to get motivated to go anywhere, let alone to the gym or for a workout outdoors). My favorite solution this time of year? Just don’t leave the house! It’s completely possible to get in a great workout at home (even if you don’t own any equipment) as long as you have a plan. Some of my favorite options are yoga, body-weight exercises, or jump-roping.
Trust me, I know working out can feel like a burden when you want to hurry up and join in on the holiday fun with friends and family. But, I promise, you’ll feel so good once you’re done! To help you make it through, make your workout part of the festivities by throwing on some seasonal tunes and diffusing SeasonsJoy™ Essential Oil Blend.
So, what do you think? Are you ready to take on the changing of the seasons?!
You should consult your physician or other healthcare professional before starting a new fitness regimen to determine if it is right for you. Do not start a fitness program if your physician or healthcare provider advises against it. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain, or shortness of breath at any time while exercising, you should stop immediately and seek appropriate medical care, if needed.