The thought of getting out of bed on a chilly winter morning to head to a spin class or go for a run leaves even the most enthusiastic gym-goer feeling stone cold, making it difficult to maintain their fitness routine.
Many new workout, health and diet trends have emerged in response to people’s various needs, so staying on track and beating the winter pudge is a lot easier. Fitness tracker, TomTom shares insight into the latest health and fitness trends to get you up and moving no matter what the weather.
- Body-weight training
Body-weight training is an effective way to keep fit during winter, allowing you to achieve great results without having to use exercise equipment. Not only can you work out for free, but it’s also a great way to strengthen your core anywhere, anytime.
Tip: Start with a set of push-ups to increase arm strength and endurance, followed by squats for all-round body conditioning. You can also invest in a doorframe pull-up bar if you’re really committed to building a fitness-friendly workout space in at home, or try a few ‘ab rollouts’ using an ab roller at the gym.
- Working out in good company
Group training is already a popular way to stay motivated, improve performance and achieve better results. Working out with others is mutually beneficial and encourages you to remain accountable for achieving workout goals. With each person bringing their own level of fitness to the group, everyone is either encouraged to up their game or take on the role of motivating others to keep up with them.
Tip: Layer up and go for a run together or meet at a nearby park for a group cardio or body-conditioning session for a more effective and enjoyable winter workout.
- Get the latest fitness tech on your wrist
Wearable tech is by no means a new trend, but the latest devices feature technology that offers better accuracy and a variety of new and useful features. Monitor your progress and stay motivated everyday with the Touch, which you can also wear during workouts to track your heart rate.
- Change your eating patterns
Winter is the most difficult time of the year to stick to a healthy diet, especially since a warm, doughy, cheesy pizza is far more appealing than a bowl of salad in cold weather. However, there are some diet trends you can try this winter to help take your mind off the allure of comfort food.
Tip: Try ‘souping’, a popular diet trend similar to the juicing trend of 2016, which is also ideal for beating the winter chill this year. Just be sure that you’re consuming enough calories for the day for sustained energy and to prevent muscle loss in the process. Others are opting for high-protein, low-carb diets, such as the Banting and Paleo diets, to help with weight loss and the treatment of various medical conditions too. Remember to consult with a medical practitioner before making any serious dietary changes.
- Try one of the latest yoga class crazes
A quick 15-minute yoga session before heading off to work is just what you need to get the day off to a healthy, positive start and help motivate you to keep fitness top of mind for the remainder of the day.
Tip: Opt for a short vinyasa class or a full 90-minute mind and body-centering session, using online yoga guides or videos as your personal home yoga instructor. Simply find a quiet spot in the house where you won’t be disturbed and spend some time focused on yourself for as long as you need. You can also sign up for a range of yoga classes, including Hot Yoga, Aerial Yoga and Wall Rope Yoga – committing to weekly classes is also a great way to keep on track with fitness.
6. Try ‘desk-ercising’
Many studies have shown that prolonged sitting can be harmful to overall health – it’s even been said that sitting is the new smoking. There’s no reason why you can’t exercise while you work to combat the stress your body endures from sitting at your desk all day.
Tip: Many desk jockeys set reminders on their phones to get up and walk around more or (if you’re serious about fitness) why not pop up out of your chair to run on the spot for a few minutes? Just a few minutes of exercise at or near your desk is just what the body needs to prevent exhaustion and a range of other health risks – and best of all, you don’t even have to go outside to do it!
Source: TomTom. Image: iStock