Winter can be a tough season, far too much temptation and not enough motivation! The cold nights are drawing in and at the end of a long day the last thing you feel like doing is heading out into our cold, dark and dreary British weather for a five mile jog. It’s not just me, is it?
If it’s you, too, don’t worry. You won’t have to completely give up on ever feeling like working out again – we’ve asked fitness expert Amber French for her top tips on rebooting a sluggish mind-set and getting you into that Christmas party dress.
“First up, treat yourself to new workout clothes or trainers. This will help you stay motivated as you will be excited to get out and wear them. 'Look good, feel good' applies here - if you are happy with what you are wearing you will feel more confident when working out.
“Music is very important. Regularly download new music so you have something new to listen to and workouts don't become boring. Find upbeat music that will keep you motivated.
“Workout at home - Most department stores sell basic exercise equipment at affordable prices. Buy some dumb bell weights, a stability ball and a mat, and then exercise in the comfort of your own home! There are also lots of work out DVDs available to help keep you focused around the many distractions that are at home.
“Try out fitness classes at your local gym, spa or fitness centre. Fitness classes give you a full workout with guidance from an instructor throughout ensuring you work hard, often giving you more of a workout than if you were working out alone. This helps you to stay motivated as they are at a set time each week so you can't put it off until later or tomorrow.
“Go for a jog in the cold and you will soon warm up! While you’re jogging think of coming back to a hot drink, warm house or hot shower. There is nothing better than coming home from a jog and warming your hands up on a hot drink, just make sure that in the dark evenings you wear some reflective bands or a jacket.
“The food we eat at this time of year can also make a big difference to our motivation and energy levels. During the height of summer we are happy nibbling away on a crisp salad but the winter months draw our appetites to carb-heavy comfort foods. One super food I would suggest to counteract these cravings is cinnamon - it is high in antioxidants and has a positive effect on glucose metabolism. Sprinkle it on oatmeal, yoghurt or even in your morning coffee.
“Another super food that can be consumed all year round is egg! 50% of egg is protein, consisting of all 8 essential amino acids. It is a great source of calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and vitamins A, D, E and B so it’s full of goodness! Egg helps muscle and bone cell growth so do as the experts say and start your day with an egg!”