This is a guest post by Brandon Serna on behalf of Hydroworx
Now that bikini and beach weather is sadly behind us. It’s easy to lose your motivation for fitness and gain a few unwanted pounds.
And why not? We have months and months of thick sweaters and puffy jackets ahead of us, which are perfect for hiding all of our extra bumps and lumps and rolls.
Despite how easy it is to sink into that fluffy soft couch with a bag of crisps and hibernate there until the mercury rises, trust me when I say that you will regret it.
Once the snow melts and we find ourselves gearing up for the warmer weather, there is nothing more panic inducing than realizing you’ve played the role of a sloth all winter and are now carrying around a spare tyre or two.
Whether you realise it or not, it’s far easier to gain weight than it is to lose it.
The best way to avoid that gut clenching fear of taking off the beach wrap in public is to avoid the extra weight in the first place, and it’s not nearly as difficult as you might think. Here are just a few suggestions to keep you motivated through the colder months and make you ready for the warmer weather well before it’s here.
Vary your routine
If you normally lift weights or attend a yoga class, switch it up now and then with something new like a bike ride or a kickboxing class. Keeping your fitness routine fresh will help you stick to it on those days that you don’t feel like doing anything. And when the snow piles up outside, forget the snow blower because shoveling is an excellent exercise!
Find a partner
There is little more motivating than knowing your workout partner is hitting the gym while you lounge around. Nothing gets me off of the couch faster than knowing my partner is losing weight and toning up while I’m shoving pastries in my mouth.
It’s really easy to ditch the jog around the neighbourhood if the weather is nasty so if you normally take part in outdoor activities, think about some alternates that you can access when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Some great indoor activities include.
Aquatic therapy equipment like water treadmills or kick boards
Speed walking around the local mall
Set realistic goals
There’s no point setting yourself up for disappointment by setting goals that you can’t possibly reach. You’ll just end up feeling bad and that can lead to a serious lack of motivation. This disappointment can become a downward spiral very quickly so set small reachable goal’s week by week and increase their difficulty slowly. Once you start reaching them on a consistent basis, you’ll naturally want to start making them harder to attain in order to push yourself! Success breeds more success!
This is the simplest way to lose or maintain your weight without ever feeling like you’re missing out or starving yourself. Take your normal dinner plate and substitute it with a smaller one. Yes, it really is that simple. Those endless cooking shows on TV are constantly telling us that we eat with our eyes, and you know what? They’re right.Quite often we see a plate of food and we’re hungry so we eat it and don’t feel like we’re done or full until the plate is empty. A smaller plate means a smaller portion but will still look like a full plate serving therefore tricking your brain while still satisfying your stomach.
No matter what methods you use to keep your motivation in high gear through the winter months; swimming or basketball, speed walking or aquatic therapy , you will be very happy that you did once spring rolls around. Just think of the smug little smile you can have while everyone else is in full “crash diet mode” as soon as the very first sundress makes an appearance.