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Seven simple steps for staying on track in winter


Karl Henry

Karl Henry

Karl Henry

Coming into winter, my training always suffers. I was wondering if you had any tips to help me stay on track?

With the weather taking a big shift towards winter, it can be so easy to lose your routine, stay on the couch and stop your training, undoing all your hard work. There are some simple ways to ensure this doesn't happen.

1) Pick an event

The first thing I always get my clients to do is to register for an event. Any event will keep you focused, from a 5k to a hell and back race, to a wedding. No matter what it is, you will continue to train all year round.

2) Set up a group

We all have days when we don't feel like training. By setting up a group of friends, you help to pick each other up and keep each other motivated.

3) Don't forget to have a treat day

Restrictive diets generally fail as you get sick of cutting everything out. By having a treat day once a week, you feel that you aren't being too strict on yourself, so you will stay healthier for longer.

4) Don't forget to plan

At the beginning of each week you should have your food shopping done, your exercise sessions planned in your diary and your sessions organised as much as you possibly can. By planning your week, you increase the chances of getting your sessions done. The less you plan the greater the chance that you won't make it.

5) Make time for long weekend sessions

The biggest issue with winter is the lack of light. So why not schedule time for yourself at the weekend, when you have more time during the day to enjoy and exercise? It may seem like a very simple switch but one that will make a huge difference for you.

6) Gear up

We know the weather isn't going to be great, so you need to ensure that you are prepared for the worst that is thrown at you. You will certainly need a good rain jacket, long tracksuit bottoms, but ideally nothing cotton in terms of clothing. The sports and Lycra fabrics are ideal for this.

7) Set small goals and rewards

Sometimes, goals can be too big and will often act as a barrier, so try setting small, weekly goals, such as getting three walks done, or having alcohol one day a week. Small goals are easy to achieve and add up to bigger goals over the course of time. You build a house brick by brick, and small goals will help you achieve your larger targets in the very same way.

The other aspect is to reward yourself. Once you achieve what you have set out to do, you need to pat yourself on the back and reward yourself. By doing this, you will find that you work harder, are more motivated and focused than normal. The reward can be anything at all - it's the pattern of goal and reward that I want you to get used to, because it's so important.

Try these simple tips and tackle the worst that the winter can throw at you. You will be amazed at the difference that they will make.

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