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Winter Exercise Tips

ImageWith winter we often experience a decrease in motivation caused by the “Winter Blues”, otherwise known as “Seasonal Affective Disorder.” Steer clear of getting the winter blues by staying active. Below are tips, ideas, and strategies that will help you stay motivated, active, and happy throughout the winter months.

1)      Focus on what will make a better YOU: Make a list of all of the things you want to focus on that will make you happier and will maximize your ability to stay healthy and positive. Narrow your list down to 3 things that you can immediately get started on and post them where you will often see them throughout the day.

2)      Get Started: Make the steps needed to get you to the gym. Pack your gym bag the night before and put it next to your briefcase or car keys, plan to meet your friend at the gym for a fitness class, or even plan on picking your friend up to head to the gym. These will help you stay committed, the hardest part is just getting yourself there, and once you pass that hurdle it will be much easier to keep up with.

3)      Group Work Outs: The best way to stay motivated is to join a group workout class or to have a workout buddy. This way you will be relying on each other and the guilt inducing pressure may be just what you need to get out of the bed in the morning or to head to the gym after a long day at work. Don’t be a work-out drop-out!

4)      Take Up a Seasonal Sport: Take advantage of the climate and take up a seasonal sport like skiing, snowboarding or ice skating. Taking lessons to a new sport will help you stay structured and will ensure results and a sense of achievement.

5)      Stay Hydrated: Remember to keep drinking water. We often drink less water in the winter because we are cold and gravitate towards warm drinks that make us feel good, but being active will prove to be very difficult if you are not hydrated; your body needs water to function properly.

6)      Take Vitamin D3 Supplements: Your body may be missing invaluable Vitamin D as the days grow short in the winter so it is important take supplements to make up for this deficiency. Vitamin D makes us happy, so maintaining a healthy a consistent intake of Vitamin D through supplements during the winter is essential for your happiness.

7)      Write an Exercise Diary: Keeping track of your exercises will make you more aware of how your body is responding to exercise. On a day where you would work out write down how you felt that day. This should serve as a motivator to wanting to exercise when you know how it makes you feel.

Combine the above tips to ensure a successful way to approach exercise and to make sure the “Winter blues” doesn’t keep you down. Check out our website at www.procarept.org for more information!

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