I am not sure about you, but when the weather gets cold, I find myself tending to spend more time indoors doing sedentary activities—and it can become challenging to stay active. I decided to change my mindset towards the winter and began setting some time aside a few days a week for meaningful exercise and switched up my cardio routine from running to a strength training regime that can be easily done indoors.
Physical health is much more than just a way to look good. It helps your overall health, enabling you to perform at your best when your business or your family needs you most.
Staying active in the winter can be challenging, but here are a few tips to keep you motivated:
- Plan activities ahead.
It is less likely for you to forget activities when they are on your calendar. Planning also helps you establish good habits.
- Find a fun local activity.
Why not give snowshoeing, skiing, skating, or cross-country skiing a try this season?
- Dress in layers.
Protect yourself from the cold. Staying active outside is easier if you’re able to keep your body warm.
- Use your daylight hours.
Being outdoors during the day is easier than at night. When the days are getting shorter, the risk of missing out on an activity increases when you start them too late in the day.
- Find indoor activities at your local community centre.
There are many different activities to choose from, such as aerobics, badminton, basketball, or yoga classes.
- Climb stairs.
Make a conscious effort to walk more each day. Consider going up and down a flight in your home, the mall, or an office building more than once during your regular daily activities. Every little bit adds up, so keep going!
- Visit a library to find more motivation.
You can borrow a variety of free exercise DVDs, including dance, step, aerobics, and Pilates. The return date serves as a deadline so you can pick up another one.
- Sign up for a fun run.
There are often non-competitive “fun runs” in your community that are between 5 and 10 kilometers long. Invite your friends and family to participate.
- Find an activity buddy.
Find someone equally committed to being active as you are, and set a plan together. For example, you could plan walks in the morning or workout sessions in the afternoon. Having a friend holds you accountable.
The most important thing is to stay motivated. Just like your business strategy, you should check in on your fitness goals (or brainstorm ways to set new ones) to make sure you’re still on track. Plan ahead and visualize your end goal as you look forward to reaching it.
2021 has shaped up to be an interesting year filled with twists and turns. If you are looking forward to making a change in your life for a more healthy work-life balance, visit my website today to unlock and harness The Maestro Mindset.