Training is always a challenge, even for the fittest of the fit. This time of year is historically the hardest time of year to keep motivated. The need to survive winter starts to set in.
The holidays consume a lot of our time and the weather just isn’t ideal. Additionally, this time of year is when the New Year is right around the corner. A time where we let go of some of our healthy habits and allow ourselves to forget about our good habits we used to have and refocus after the ball drops.
A huge part of why we tend to fall off is because of the lack of convenience it can be when it comes to working out. There is snow on the ground making it difficult to get anywhere in a timely fashion and there is event, after event, after event to attend. In order to create this time of year a more successful one, then we need to nip all of the excuses in the butt and create workouts that are super convenient.
The easiest way to make your workouts convenient is to create space in your home to allow for at home workouts. That way you only need a small amount of time to just throw your workout clothes on and get sweating. No more needing to get dressed in all of your winter layers, dust the snow off of your car and deal with the possibility of sliding off of the road just to get to the gym and get in a good workout.
Not only is it great to keep your workouts at home, but it is also ideal to keep healthy food around in the pantry. Stocking up on foods that are said to create healthy long living bodies is something you can definitely take advantage of in the winter time. Paying close attention to foods that keep your immune system strong are ideal this time of year too! We are always a huge fan of our SUPER POWDER to have handy and drink daily.
Stress can drain your immune system, which increases your risk of getting sick. The holidays can bring on stress that isn’t normally regular in our lives–so take a break. In a study published in 2012 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, people who experienced a major stressful event (aka the holidays) were two times more likely to catch a common cold. Remember to chill out and not overwork your system by working out at full intensity every day.
Lastly, don’t forget to get in some extra kissing time. It is said that kissing your partner can actually increase both of your immune systems. Research has shown that during a 10-second time span of making out, you can introduce 80 million good bacterias to the other person. By swapping spit, you introduce your partner to bacteria they may encounter, later on, allowing for them to be more equipped to ward off future infections. You also receive the same benefits from them.
Does winter sound a bit better now?