Let exercise warm you this winter

2017-06-14 06:02

Looking to keep warm through exercise this winter?

The Western Cape has just experienced one of the severest storms in recorded history, while the northern reaches of the country will start battening down the hatches as cooler temperatures begin to circulate.

Eating more and exercising less is a true temptation when temperatures drop.

The Zone Fitness clubs have some handy tips on staying fit:

Invest in active wear that keeps you warm

Cold weather equals cold muscles, and if you’re not careful, it is easy to pull or strain a muscle.

As per Huffington Post: “Cold weather certainly can increase your risk of straining or tearing something. That’s because the lower temperatures cause our muscles to tighten a little more.”

Work out with a friend

Gym motivation goes through the roof any time you enlist the help of a training partner, says womenstuff.co.za.

By working out with a friend, you’re more likely to stick to your routine and you’ll find it more fun, too.

Settle into a routine and you’ll find that the winter cold is less of a reason to put off your session.

Eat well

Health24 advises snacking on complex carbohydrates like fruit and vegetables. The old favourite, chicken soup, is also safe to indulge in, as it doesn’t feature cream.

It is also important to stay hydrated.

Colder weather strips your skin of moisture, so it is important to drink the recommended eight glasses of water a day.

Water also keeps the urge to snack in check.

Prepare your meals ahead of time

In the winter, one of the greatest barriers to exercise is willpower.

It is cold, there’s a biting wind and rain is falling.

Not only is the temptation to eat greater, but easily accessible foods at your fingertips are even more appealing.

The problem with easy food is that it is often processed, low in nutritional value and high in sugar.

Try preparing meals beforehand so that when those hunger pangs strike, you can snack guilt-free.

Look for good gym deals

Many clubs run cheap ­membership deals during winter months to entice people to brave the cold and get active.

Look around for the deal that works best for you.

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