Motivating your winter workouts

Even under normal circumstances it can be hard to start a new exercise routine. This goes for a change in type of activity as well as beginning for the first time in a while (or ever). But at this time of year when the weather is getting progressively colder the great outdoors becomes less and less inviting. For a lot of us, this means that some of our easiest or favorite exercise activities become a lot harder. As tempting as it might be to make like a bear and hibernate, maintaining a moderate level of activity is just as important now as it was during t-shirt weather.
It is important to remember that it doesn’t particularly matter how you exercise, but more that you do move. For those with gym memberships that enjoy the treadmill, stationary bike, and free weights, the transition is obvious. Even if you don’t join a gym, there are many local studios that offer drop-in classes of every type. Check out the South End and North End studios, try a yoga class at Yoga Vermont, or start rock climbing at Petra Cliffs. On the other hand, there is a lot that you can do at home without much equipment. If you’re new to the scene, the internet hosts more exercise videos than you can count on this very theme. Some favorite videos on YouTube include those posted by GymRa and HASfit.

Now you have some options, but the mental battle has just begun. How do you stay motivated to make the transition? This article suggests the possibility that social media could play a roll. No matter what your feelings on social media as a whole are, your FaceBook friends or Twitter followers are a community. And we have all heard before that the accountability of being a part of a group is a powerful source of motivation. With current technology, you could even exercise with a friend on the other side of the world if  it would help you push through a maybe less than favorite workout.
Another technology-based option is through our smartphones. There is no shortage of apps to help you get moving and take control of your health. Apps like Lose it! and My Fitness Pal help to track everything from sleep to activity. In fact, there is some evidence that food tracking apps are the most accurate method we have of monitoring diet. This isn’t surprising when you think about it – what else is practically glued to us all day long, including during meals? Having an accurate view of your activity level helps you to set and achieve goals, which is the other time-honored method of motivation.

by Birgit

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