Wintertime can be quite challenging even for the fittest of people, just simply getting out of bed and carrying out mundane chores becomes more difficult in this time of the year, lots of folks tend to stay indoors and may want to stay snuggled up in a warm bed or enjoy their hot chocolate by the fire, but winter shouldn’t be a time when your fitness plans take the damage so With the right attitude and mix of exercises, winter can actually be a fantastic time to mix up your workouts, get creative and even reignite your love of fitness by trying new, fun activities. Not to mention, exercise releases endorphins that can help boosting your mood and reducing your stress levels.
Start your day fresh. Stretch your muscles in bed so your brain and body get the message to prepare for a workout, with a few exercises like bridge, knee hugs, supine spinal twists, forward and side sway and neck and shoulder roll. If you’re too lazy to hit the gym, keep a mat and few accessories like the band or stability ball in your room and if not then you can use a chair for squats, leg climbers, triceps dips and more. Use the wall for squats and hand pushes. Buy new workout clothes, so you feel inspired to work out and feel good about yourself.
Watch your diet. It’s almost a no brainer that you must eat healthy at all seasons. Winter does not necessarily mean more calories and an increasing number on the weighing scale because of eating too much rich foods or drinking hearty beers. So keep in mind that you cannot out-train a bad diet so try to keep your pantry and fridge stocked with organic food, and in cases where you are in a hurry to get a healthy breakfast you can always get an instant online delivery here at San Diego or you can do it the old fashioned way.
Take advantage of the Season. Take up a winter sport. If you’re a competitive type, why not try a new winter sport? From skiing to snowshoeing, there are many great options that burn mega calories and put a whole new twist on your cold-weather workout plans. You can burn up to 500 calories in those types of sports per session. Check out San Diego’s ski guide here.
Follow the 15-Degree Rule. Avoid extreme freezing temperatures. Not only are they harder on the body, but they diminish the quality of your run because you’re straining cold muscles, and there is also the possibility of getting a frostbite or hypothermia. It is safer to cancel your workout plans if it’s under 15 degrees Fahrenheit and better stay indoors.
Load Up on water. Last but not least, you have to stay hydrated. You may not realize it or sense that you need it because your body may not overheat or be drenched in sweat, but the dry air really sucks the moisture out of your body.
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Wishing you all love and happiness from SolCal. Stay warm and active.