As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, it becomes very tempting to stay inside, crank up the heating and sink into the sofa. We’ve got six tips to help you get active right the way through the winter weather with a smile.
1) Dress for the weather.
- Get your waterproofs out if it’s looking wet and begin to layer up according to the temperature.
- Don’t forget about your extremities – a hat and some warm gloves are a great investment in thew colder months.
- Try not to put on too many extra layers though, you’ll warm up as you start exercising and you don’t want to end up carrying them if you get too hot.
2) Be Safe.
- Wear reflective items of clothing to keep you visible in low light conditions.
- Keep aware, pavements and roads can get icy so take extra care if out cycling or running in the streets.
3) Keep sessions short and frequent.
- Break up your exercise plan into small sessions throughout the week. This means that you don’t have to worry too much about missing a session due to bad weather.
- If you save yourself for one big session a week it will take you much longer to recover as well.
4) Make sure you warm up thoroughly before exercising.
- Take a little extra time to limber up and get your muscles warm before heading into your main activity. This will help your body transition from resting and reduce your injury risk, which is much higher during the winter.
5) Keep it fun.
- Just because the weather is often miserable, it doesn’t mean exercise has to be! Choosing an activity that you enjoy is important and makes it much easier to stick to.
- To avoid boredom, try varying your sessions or perhaps try a new class at the gym.
6) Get yourself to a GO TRI training session.
- As the number of events over the winter months reduce, why not head down to one of our regular GO TRI training sessions? Put on by local organisers at a low cost, it’s a great way to get involved in a group training session and boost motivation for a GO TRI event in spring.