Who’s struggling to stay motivated now it’s so dark and cold? Here’s 5 reasons to exercise even in the winter.
Exercise isn’t just good for weight maintenance and improving your shape, it also makes you feel GREAT. But staying motivated can be really tricky in the winter. Here 5 reasons to remind you why it’s so good for you.
Not only will exercise help you to maintain healthy weight, it also helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It helps to strengthen your muscles and bones, lowering the risk of high blood pressure, cancer, reduces stress and improve depression.
As you get fitter and stronger you will notice small but definite changes in your confidence levels. This may come from a combination of feeling healthier, feeling better in the way you look or that sense of achievement you get when you stick to your routine and hit your goals.
***Newsflash*** Exercise is FUN! Choose exercise that you enjoy then it won’t feel like exercise. Or maybe do it with a friend or partner. Have a giggle. So what if you go the opposite direction to everyone else in Zumba. Go walking with a friend and have a good old catch up in the fresh air. Exercise doesn’t have to be painful and boring. Do what you enjoy most, this way you’re less likely to give up.
If you’ve just started out in the exercise world, or if you are simply stuck on a plateau, its a good idea to set yourself some goals. Whether thats to run 5k, master the Downward Dog or fit into that slinky little number in TopShop. Working towards a goal is a great motivator. However, make sure you set realistic goals. Then once you reach them, enjoy your achievement and set new goals to take your health to the next level.
When you’ve reached you target or achieved a goal you’ve been working towards, its a great idea to reward yourself. This really helps to keep you motivated. BUT a reward probably shouldn’t be a bottle of wine or trip to the TakeAway. Why not reward yourself with a fab, new pair of shoes or a Facial.
So there you have it, our 5 reasons on why you should stay motivated to exercise throughout the winter months.