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Keeping Your Shape Through the Winter Months

We recently blogged about why it’s so important to start working on your summer body at this time of year (and not leaving it to just before summer!) and in this post, we’re following up with some motivation and other tips to make it happen!

Keep It Short and Sweet

Long workouts in the cold and dark aren’t much fun for most of us! And what’s more, there’s often no big advantage to a longer workout.

Keeping things shorter can be a great move for keeping your motivation up in the colder months as long as you don’t skip too many days.

If you really can’t fit a workout in one day, focus your efforts on doing as many steps as you can instead. The experts recommend you aim for around 10,000 steps! It might unrealistic but if you have an activity tracker that monitors your mileage, you might be surprised to see how many steps you’re already doing in the average day.

Switch Up Your Fitness Plans

What if you don’t fancy an outdoor run but you’re bored of the gym?

The colder months are the perfect chance to try getting a bit more creative with your workouts and try something you might not do when it’s warmer.

You could try signing up for a class and learning a new skill while you get fit, for example. Dance classes and

And if you don’t feel like it, you don’t even have to leave the house to work out. There are lots of things you can do to get moving at home. Lunges, tricep dips and sit ups are just a few of the exercises you can do at home and they can be easily slotted in during advert breaks or even while the kettle boils.

It’s Okay to Ditch the Morning Workout!

If the thought of morning exercise fills you with dread, do yourself a favour and switch your fitness routine to another time of day. That way, you won’t have to get up super early to work out in the cold and dark mornings. Even if you exercise at home, this isn’t a fun thought!

Changing to a lunchtime workout can be a good option as it’s likely to be a fair bit warmer than early mornings. Chances are, you’ll also be a bit more motivated at this time of day compared to first thing so it won’t feel like a chore.

If you don’t get chance at lunchtime, there’s always later in the day if you’re not too tired by this point. And if you do sign up for any classes, these are likely to be held in the evenings.

Get a Workout Buddy

The colder months can be hard work when it come to fitness and it’s easy to let things slide when you’re not feeling very motivated.

If you have a friend who is also keen to keep up with their fitness plans during the winter and is also willing to keep you accountable to your goals, it will be a lot harder to back out!

Get Plenty of Protein

The colder months always seem like the perfect time to indulge in comfort food but you’re better off going for protein rather than loading up on carbs.

This helps you feel fuller for longer and makes you less likely to snack so it’s perfect for helping you to maintain your shape over the winter.

That’s not to say that all carbs are bad! Some are absolutely fine, especially vegetables. Pasta, rice and bread isn’t a complete no-no either but it’s usually better to have them after a workout (along with protein) rather than before so that your body makes best use of them.

With the shorter days, finding time to create healthy, delicious meals that have a good balance of protein, good carbs and other nutrients can be a challenge but we’ve got you covered with our meal options!

For example, our Mixed Maintenance Meal Plan is based around meat and fish options and a lot of the meals on our Gourmet menu include pasta, rice, beans and of course, vegetables!

Keeping your shape in the winter can feel like a big challenge but it’s not as hard as you might think. And when summer comes around, you’ll be way ahead of most people!