Low motivation this winter? There are many reasons not to run this time of year. However, we all want to stay fit and healthy even if we do indulge at Christmas.
Here are some top tips to get fit whatever the weather conditions: Sign up for winter sports and fitness events Training for a particular event can be a powerful motivator. By committing to a winter race or a run in early spring, you’ll be forced to stick to your training schedule if you want to be ready for the event. The added focus is often all you need to keep your motivation levels high.
Sunrise alarms and other ways to get you out of bed Are you traditionally a morning runner? But struggle to get out of bed on cold, dark mornings? Try easing yourself into the new day with an alarm that simulates natural daylight (these are sometimes called SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) alarms or Sunrise Alarms). Also, set your alarm to play some cheerful tunes to beef up your energy levels. If its too cold to get up- try setting the thermostat or timer on your heating to make sure the room is cosy and inviting when it’s time to get up.
Dress for the weather The winter chill won’t seem quite as bad if you’re dressed right. Think about wearing thin but multiple layers to trap the heat and ensuring you don’t feel the chill and wear outerwear that means you won’t get damp.
Be careful of overdressing – remember that your body will invariably heat up as you run, and if you’re wearing too much heavy, bulky clothing, you’ll end up overheated and feeling tired. In general, aim to dress for weather that’s about seven degrees warmer than the actual temperature outside. Of course, each person is different, so wear what keeps you comfortable and you’ll be more likely to stick with your winter runs.
Run with a friend Going running with a friend is an effective motivation all year long, but especially in winter. By making it a social event, you’ll be far less likely to skip a session. Having a friend along can also help alleviate any safety concerns about running alone. If you don’t have a friend who is keen on running, consider joining a running group, such as parkrun or you will find many local specialist shops and gyms organise these.
Variety is the spice of life Remember that outdoor runs aren’t the only way you can train. Winter is an ideal time for cross-training and building up your strength in other ways, so spend some time on the elliptical trainer or doing bodyweight exercises to develop your running muscles. It’s fine to move some of your runs indoors to the treadmill, too, if you really can’t face the cold and dark outside. Just try to complete at least one outdoor run each week, when you can get outdoors in the daylight.
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