Winter can be one of the hardest points of the year to work out. Rarely people will be up for a gym session or exercise each time they come to do it, often we'll have some sort of internal battle where we will dither about whether to bother or not. Winter is the time of year we're most likely to put it off. Am I wrong? It's chilly outside, or maybe it's decided to start raining and indoors is so cosy and that sofa is looking more and more tempting. Been there? Hell, so have I.
Get the gear //
Winter is a tough nut to crack when it comes to fitness so anything you can do to encourage is key in your success. My gym capris and vest top are clearly not going to cut the mustard if I want to be outdoors, I may get warm eventually but I'd rather be taking layers off than freezing. Personally I'll add some layers with a long sleeved base layer, followed by a specific running top or, (if it isn't too chilly) simply a t-shirt over the top. I'll always opt for full length leggings and ideally some with a zip pocket, a headband to keep my ears warm and also some gloves. You really don't have to spend loads to get some decent weather sturdy fitness kit! This outfit is from MandM Direct, where you can get up to 75% off some really great brands.
Be seen //
That is a winter exercise must for me - high vis clothing as even on dull day times you won't always be seen let alone at night. Reflective elements on clothing would be a big priority when hunting for winter kit to buy. You can also get some flashing arm bands and waist bands in case you are heading down a particularly dark route. Just like I say to those getting into cycling, be safe, be seen.
What I'm Wearing* | Long Sleeved Running Top // Running Leggings // Trail Trainers // Running Fleece
Stay safe //
Whether you love a run first thing or an evening boot camp session at your local park, keep safe when solo exercising is very important. I tend to do all my exercising first thing and with it being darker I know I need to be careful. Things I do (because I plan my workouts in advance for the week) I'll leave my exercise timetable for my husband to see. He knows when and where I'll be going, so if for any reason I'm not back he knows where I should be. Obviously you can take phones but many are so bulky that they don't fit in tiny pockets on gym leggings, if you can take it with you I always suggest you do. To be honest I often pop mine in my sports bra!
Join forces //
Winter outdoors exercising is the ideal point to join a club! That is motivation at its finest and perfect to keep your motivated. You could do a running club, cycle team, boot camp session or even (if you're brave enough) an outdoor swim club. The best thing is not only will this help keep you focused you could also gain some friends for other exercise sessions, because much like you they're probably on the same page in terms of their exercise outlook.
Warming up //
You should always warm up and stretch regardless of time of year, but the contrast between being toasty indoors to icy chills can shock your body. Make sure you do sufficient warming up routines before you set off. I like to have more layers on (like a big hoodie) whilst jumping about in my drive way for 10 minutes, I'll then removed my hoodie and head off on a run. I'm just getting my body ready to go.
How do you deal with winter outdoor workouts?