As autumn well and truly kicks in and the days begin to feel shorter and colder, we wouldn’t blame you if you were feeling less than inspired about keeping up with your regular workouts.
We have come up with a few ideas to help motivate you to retain the physique you have already worked hard to achieve.
Balance Is Key
Whilst we’re aware it can be incredibly hard to resist all those pre-Christmas treats that have started appearing in supermarkets, it’s important not to over-indulge. That being said, we also think that balance is necessary, so make sure you treat yourself every now and again. For example, if you fancy some warming pie and mash for dinner, opt for a healthy salad at lunch.
Dress To Impress
Treating yourself to that new gym outfit you’ve had your eye on for a while could work in your favour. Looking and feeling good really do go hand-in-hand, and you’re more likely to want to show off your new outfit and hit the gym hard!
For the ladies, we like these two-tone tights from lululemon, which comes with a matching top too; this outfit should help you keep cool during those intense workouts. For men, we like Puma’s Evolution Tech Pants, which feature articulated knees for freedom of movement and flexibility and an invisible back zip pocket to ensure your valuables are kept safe.
Change-up Your Workout
While many people enjoy keeping fit outdoors in the summer, it can be somewhat less appealing in the colder winter months. To help you keep active, consider moving your exercise regime indoors.
An exercise class could be the answer, as the usual solo gym routine isn’t to everyone’s taste. London’s Sweat by BXR uses 21 Versaclimber’s in its stimulating full-body cardio workouts, there are three different classes available, meaning all abilities will be well catered for. Working out in a group setting can also be highly beneficial, if you’re exercising with someone that’s a little quicker and stronger, you’re more likely to want to improve your own fitness levels. It can also further encourage you to keep going, as you’re all experiencing ‘training in a team’.
Fresh is Best
During this time of year there will be plenty of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables available, giving you the perfect opportunity to get creative in the kitchen and cook up something that’s both healthy and mouth-wateringly tasty.
Why not try roasting some turnips and pumpkins and drizzling them in a little olive oil, they will be packed with lots of vitamins and nutrients; plus you can add as much or as little seasoning as you’d like. If you fancy something a little more adventurous take a look at this appetising roasted winter vegetable salad, with pumpkin, golden beetroot, turnips, and apples.
Find Your Partner In Crime
Sometimes all you need is a little friendly competition or support to really push you with your exercise regime. Working out with a friend is a great way to do this, it will make training more fun and you’ll both be able to push each other to reach new limits.
It is always recommended you speak to your doctor and a qualified trainer or coach before embarking on a new fitness regime or training programme.