My top tips for staying active when it's cold, wet and you'd rather just watch netflix and order a dominoes
When the days are short and the nights are long it can be hard to get up, get out and work out.
Even when you have a nice swanky gym membership it can still be tough to extract yourself from the warmth of the living room, defrost the car and make the journey to the temple of iron for leg day.
London Marathon training is well under way too, as is the Big Freeze! So it can be a bit challenging to muster up the enthusiasm to rack up those cold weather miles.
But fear not here’s a few things that work for me and my clients:
Embrace the cold!
Running through the frosty countryside under the winter sun is a truly energising experience.
Give these a try to help you get up and at it! And if you have any more tips that work for you drop them in the comments.
You’re hitting the gym, taking the stairs instead of the lift and eating "clean" (whatever that means!?).
You’re tracking your food with My Fitness Pal but you’re still not noticing a difference to the waistline.
What could it be!?
It could be not what you’re eating, but what you’re drinking.
Shock horror … calories in drinks count EXACTLY THE SAME as calories in food!
And if you are trying to reduce your calorie intake through diet then you absolutely need to look at drinks too.
Take a Starbucks grande vanilla latte at around 250 cals. Grab one on the way to the office and another mid afternoon to power you through those reports and you’re well on the way to an extra 500 cals a day from just two drinks. Over the working week that’s a whopping 2,500 calories.
Simply swapping the creamy, frappe-chino whatever for an Americano with a splash of milk and a sweetener instantly brings the calories down to a more waist friendly 20 cals per hit.
Booze. Yes unfortunately that glass/bottle of wine and those beerios contain calories. Your body counts them even if you don’t. If you're trying to loose weight then it maybe wise to reduce the amount of alcoholic beverages you consume.
Big night out coming up? Try alternating the alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic calorie free soft drinks or water. Not only will you reduce calories but also the severity of the sore head in the morning.
Ditch the sugar laden soft drinks for their respective diet varieties. Instant calorie reduction. POP! (Piece of Pi$$!)
I’ve had clients lose weight by ONLY changing what they drink. Mad eh!?
See, that was easy wasn’t it? Weight loss doesn’t need to be difficult or complicated or involve starvation diets and detox teas. Sometimes simple little swaps can add up to make a big difference.
Do you sometimes struggle to drag yourself to the gym? Well read on to hear my top 5 tips for getting through the door and pumping iron!
Even for the most seasoned gym goers who refer to their training program as a “lifestyle”, there will still be days when it takes every ounce of muscle to drag themselves to the gym.
I’m no different and I’m a PT. I LOVE going to the gym, training and working out but still get the odd days when I really just don’t fancy it.
So if even the gym bunnies sometimes struggle how are the rest of supposed to get it done?!
Here’s my top 5 tips for getting your workout ticked off even when you can’t be arsed.
Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance!
And here’s a little bonus tip. Treat yourself to some new bit of “gym crap” (as my wife calls it) every couple of months. Nothing like a new pair of highly patterned, jazzy sports socks or lycra leotard to get you motivated!
These tips do come with a little caveat. If you are GENUINELY feeling unwell, knackered or proper shit then definitely sack off your training. You would be far better getting some rest and sleep. But if you'd rather just Netflix & Chill then refer to the tips above and action accordingly.
Right. Off to the gym we go … in our lovely new lycra!