When it comes to exercise and eating healthy in winter, women are full of excuses!
According to a study conducted by Galaxy Research and Kellog’s Special K, a whopping 78% of women admit to ditching their usual exercise routine during the cooler months, with most of us (59%) blaming the miserable weather, and 42% complaining about the shorter daylight compared to the summer months.
To help you avoid piling on the pounds this season, celebrity personal trainer Michelle Bridges, gives us her top tips:
- Welcome a new wardrobe - Braving a winter morning in skimpy summer gear is no-one’s idea of fun, so get yourself a new winter training wardrobe! Invest in some warm accessories, like a beanie, and if you’re a regular exerciser, it will probably be time for some new runners, and if you run, it definitely will be! Be sure to get them properly fitted.
- Do the robot - Lay out your training gear before you go to bed. This means you can switch into ‘robot mode’ – getting dressed and out of the door without really thinking about it too much – thereby reducing the likelihood of talking yourself out of training.
- Plan ahead before bed - Always know exactly what training you will be doing the following day before you go to bed. If you don’t have your workout planned you increase the risk of negotiating yourself out of it.
- Don’t hide from the outside - Train outside as much as possible. Getting out in the sun (if it’s around) helps to keep your spirits up and your weight down.
- Buddy up - Find someone to train with over winter that has similar goals to you. When it’s dark and cold you can help motivate each other. Try posting a notice on your gym or community notice board, or check out some of the boot camps and training groups in your area.
- Do the loop with a group - Join a running or cycling club. Not only are both of these activities great for weight management, they both generally have early morning weekend events that keep you on the straight and narrow the night before!