Toni Z. | Toronto, ON
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As we close in on the last few days of February in what seems to be a never ending winter it becomes that much more important to focus on what it takes to keep you motivated to keep moving! Here are a few more tips to help you through the rest of the winter:
1) Change into Your Workout Clothes - Sounds pretty obvious right, well who knew something so obvious could help convince you to take the plunge and workout. As soon as you start to think the ‘I don’t really feel like working out today’ thought throw on those workout clothes and you’ll instantly become more motivated to get moving. Once you’re dressed and ready your mindset follows and it becomes much more difficult to avoid. Give it a try – I promise it works!
2) Train for the Summer - Is there a favourite sport or activity you love to do in the spring/summer? Maybe it’s soccer, baseball, mountain biking or golf (just to name a few). Whatever your pleasure, why not look at the winter months than as an opportunity to train and improve your skills so you’re ready to kick some butt once the nicer weather rolls around. There are many workouts you can do indoors that mimic motions used in these sports which will help keep those muscles strong, flexible and ready for the Spring.
3) Drink Up – It’s much more difficult to gauge how much fluid you lose while working out in the winter because the temperature outside can be so cold. This means you’re more likely to become dehydrated without even realizing it. Make sure you drink your 8-10 glasses of water a day (at least!), more if you exercise heavily. That way you can ensure you’ll stay hydrated and be able to complete those workouts with as much energy as you need. Hydration can also help keep your nutrition in check because one of the first signs of dehydration is hunger. So, instead of reaching for those crackers go for a tall glass of water instead – your body will thank you for it.
Give these 3 tips a try and no doubt you’ll have some added motivation to get through the rest of the winter being active. With any luck the groundhog is right and we’re in for a early Spring!
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