A client recently said to me that they were talking to someone, who said that what you do in winter, equals what you will look like in summer. Well, this person they were talking to took the words right out of my mouth.
The winter exerciser or non exerciser is an interesting thing to observe as a Personal Trainer and a Busyslim Weight loss consultant.
Every year I see the people at the gym who I call the ‘summer crew’. During winter they are non-existent. Spring hits and they explode back into the gym, often looking worse than last year, going hard out – at the gym in the morning and then again at night in the same day!
They bust their butts so that by summer they are definitely in better shape and have lost weight. The problem though is as we age our body composition changes, and we don’t burn the same calories at rest so their body gets a blast of calorie burning activity for a several months only to be replaced in the cooler months by sedentary activity and eating less healthy foods.
They are in short fighting a losing battle and ultimately ensuring that each year they must repeat the pattern and work even hard to try to get back to where they were the previous summer.
Life, as we teach at Busyslim, is all about balance. It’s great to see the people who consistently rock up to the gym early morning in the freezing cold to still do their daily workout. Their goal, like mine is to maintain through this period and then when spring comes and eating alters to more light meals like salads they kick it up a gear and look really great for it. The most important point here is because they continued to exercise during winter they don’t have to do extra exercise to get in shape. They just increase the intensity, ramp up their routine and eat cleaner (which let’s face it, is much easier to do when it is warmer). This balanced lifestyle approach, and continuing to ‘look after their bodies’ ensures they continue to be at optimum health, stay a healthy weight and live life where exercise does not consume them and weight loss is not an enormous hurdle to try to conquer once again.
Buts it’s hard to train in winter YOU SAYit’s cold, I’m unmotivated.I understand! After all I am human too. BUT I also understand the importance maintaining a level of exercise consistently is to my overall health and quality of life.
EXERCISING IN WINTER DOES THE FOLLOWING FOR YOU:
It makes you warmer. I have never met anyone who didn't start off cold and then leave the gym or having done exercise even if in a field feeling a lot warmer in their body. Muscles are moving and you are getting your circulation cranking.
As a result of increasing your circulation while exercising it helps reduce increased joint pain that people often feel when the colder weather sets in.
You don’t get sick or at least not as often. Exercising has been proven to reduce your chance of getting a cold
It wakes up your mind – if starting at the beginning of the day, it ensures you are productive and focussed.
You make it to spring and you only have a few kilos to shave off or none at all so you can really look your best in summer..and don’t have to exercise 2 hours a day to achieve it.
HAPPY WINTER EXERCISING EVERYONE!