Let’s face it. When the temperature begins to drop outside, the last thing on your mind is exercise. Unless, of course, you are a hard-core fitness aficionado. Then the cold weather really doesn’t make a difference to you. But why do some of us struggle with maintaining a fitness program during the winter? Here a few thoughts:
We all have this notion that once the temperature drops, so should our activity. This could not be further from the truth. As a matter of fact, statistically, during the cold months (between November and February) the average person will increase their body weight between 5-7lbs. Most of that weight, unfortunately, is body fat. Get mentally ready for this change. Tell yourself that no matter what YOU will stick to your exercise program. Period.
Shorter days give you the feeling that the day is almost over, therefore, you trick yourself into early retirement from most activities (including exercise). Don’t let the lack of summery sunshine hours be a reason to cancel your workout. Make a workout plan and stick with it. Before you know it, spring will be here and the long days are just around the corner.
The old saying “Rome was not build in one day” still holds value today, especially when it comes to exercising. Unfortunately, we are a society built on wanting results now and quick fixes. That is why our “New Resolution” promise we make at the beginning of the year will usually last between 4-6 weeks. Not enough time to see any results. On average, to see any physical changes to your body requires a 6 month 3 times a week fitness commitment. No short cuts here.
Economics: The holidays have ended and unfortunately you spent more money on gifts than you should have. That leaves your bank account on hiatus for a while. Don’t let that stop you from engaging in an exercise program. There are many body exercises you can perform at home that will give you a workout to kick-start your fitness journey. Visit www.eraldofitness.com or www.jerseyfittv.com for more information on body exercises.
That is all for now. Remember “ Take care of your body today and it will take care of you tomorrow”.
Your fitness trainer,