Jacket: Lululemon Down for the Run Jacket in Black, Turtleneck: Under Armour ColdGear Armour Mock Neck in Black, Tights: Lululemon Lead the Pack Tight (sold out but love these, these and these for cold weather – all are great for running), Running Shoes: Brooks Revel Running Shoe
A new year always attracts more people to the gym but the reality is most people give up by the end of this month. Don’t be one of those people! But seriously how do you keep yourself motived to keep going…in the dead of winter? Well it’s not easy but I’ve found a few different things that help me and hopefully they will help you too. I am not a professional when it comes to giving advice on getting in shape so take what I say with a grain of salt but I will say I’ve been consistent with workouts the past year and a half. I will also be the first to say that I too can get lazy from time to time but I always find my way back. Here are my top tips to start and stay motivated to get in shape this year:
#1 Start Small: If you are just beginning to get into shape don’t go crazy at first because you will burn out and either quit too quickly and/or you’ll injure yourself. If you want to start running, start off by jogging 1 mile at a time and build up from there. Or start with a less harsh cardio exercise like a stationary bike or elliptical.
#2 Incorporate Strength Training: There are a lot of benefits to strength training. First of all you will see the most immediate physical results on your body. Running/cardio will increase your stamina but won’t necessarily get you toned. Strength training will also prevent injury. I’ve learned this the hard way a few times where overrunning ended up giving me sore knees, back, and hips. It’s not healthy in the long run so make sure you are building strong muscles in order to prevent injuries. Pick up a set of free weights and you are good to go. I also like how strength training mixes your workouts up. Doing the same workout over and over can get old.
#3 Mix it Up: Once you get to a point where you are in a good rhythm but might be getting bored with your workouts, grab a friend and try a new class or try something new. I’ve mentioned it before about how much I love SoulCycle. It’s fun to be in a class setting. They just opened Barry’s Bootcamp in DC and I want to give that a try soon! Sometimes I’ll do an at home workout if I’m feeling too lazy to leave our apartment.
#4 Stick to a Schedule (but be flexible): I find mentally scheduling when I work out helps hold myself accountable each week. I try to do 3-4 days of cardio and 1-2 days of strength training a week.
#5 Listen to your Body: Sometimes we need to re-charge and thats ok. If you need to take a break, take a few days off. If you’re body is craving a sweat then hit the gym. Also, don’t let your mind make excuses for you!
That’s all! At the end of the day its all about balance. Sometimes the hardest part is showing up but theres no better feeling than getting a nice workout!