How to avoid the winter workout blues

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 And getting off the couch and into the gym during the dark, gloomy months of winter makes the task all that much harder.

But shorter days don’t have to mean short workouts, or perhaps even no exercise at all. Callum Melly, the U.K.'s leading fitness expert and the founder of BodyIn8.co.uk, has the following tips for turning the heat up on your regime this season.

Get a workout buddy

A great way to ensure you commit to working out is by getting a friend to join you. Having someone to help get you motivated to get to the gym or that yoga class works wonders, and will also hold you accountable for your actions or lack of them!

Check-in with social media

Follow social influencers who inspire and motivate you to get fit and stay fit. “When I wake up I like to hop on Instagram and get motivated by a feed filled of healthy breakfast ideas, workouts and motivational spiel from the people that I admire,” shared Callum with Cover Media. “Yes that's right, even as a personal trainer and published fitness model who loves exercise, I also need motivating at times!”

Update your playlist

Include a variety of upbeat and fast-paced tunes on your playlist to help get you pumped! I don't know about you, but putting together a fresh batch of upbeat music for a workout playlist always gets me motivated to break a sweat.

Get your gear ready

Prep all your kit, clothes and food the day before so you can get up and go! We often create the smallest of excuses to not go to the gym. So set yourself up for success by preparing everything you need to get going as soon as you wake up.

Prefer to workout at the end of the day? Pack your gym bag, including water and snacks, the night before.

Plan ahead

Some things aren’t best left to fate. Plan out your session, including what exercise you are going to do and how you are going to do it - otherwise it can be easy to procrastinate.

We are more inclined to be healthy throughout the day when we start our day with a workout! Our decisions are often influenced by the mental outlook that we don't want to undo our hard work in the gym following our morning workout.

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