As the temperature plummets and the winter digs in for one (hopefully) final blast, you could be forgiven for feeling a little less motivated. Well, almost.
Managing to dodge the very worst of the snowfall I awoke to find a reasonable dusting to start the morning. Luckily this was not enough to bring the everything to a halt but enough to look very picturesque. After a busy start to the week I was thankful to have no early clients and was able to take in an early walk along the river snapping some photos in the golden glow of the morning sunrise.
I then headed to a near-empty gym for my workout, albeit shortened due to very sore legs having slightly overcooked my last weights session. Yes, to all my clients out there I do feel the post-session pain as well as inflicting it. I’m now sat in the local coffee shop writing this blog with a hot cup of green tea and it’s not even 9.00am. I have taken in the beautiful scenery, done my training and almost done my 10,000 steps for the day. Now not every day starts like this as I am often in the gym with clients early and regularly finish late into the evening. Being a Personal Trainer and a Nutrition Coach means working on other people’s timetable and that is more often than not unsociable hours.
My routine is never set in stone and today I already have client appointments being juggled due to weather and work commitments. This might sound like a great variety as each day is different and it certainly does have its benefits, however, it also plays havoc with balancing my work/life commitments. Over the past four years of running Fundamentally FIT I have developed the ability to adapt to these changes and still and remain focused.
For many of you this week the snow will be a major stress and inconvenience. From traveling to work, managing school closures, issues exercising and of course the temptation to hibernate with the heating up full and a big mug of hot chocolate.
My advice as a health coach and as someone who is permanently in juggling mode is to take a breath and do what you can do now (fans of the blog know this is familiar advice). Snow is no reason to give up on your health and fitness goals. If your off with the kids, then wrap up warm and go for a walk. Enjoy the shared experience and burn some calories at the same time, the great outdoors is your gym today and all you need is some walking boots.
If you can’t get to the gym then why not do some exercise at home between conference calls? Check out my snow day workout on Facebook and FundamentallyFIT.co.uk. Failing all this it’s time to make sure that you are not letting your diet slip back for no real reason, and snow is not a legitimate reason.
If you only do one thing in the next few days, then keep your diet tidy. If you’re moving less, then up your protein intake and cut back on the carbs a little. You don’t need all that extra readily available energy from the carbs if you’re not moving very much and the protein will keep you feeling fuller for longer. Next, up the vegetable intake, this will keep your vitamin intake high helping to bolster the immune system and dodge the winter cold and flu. Increased vegetable intake also increases your fiber intake which bulks out the diet further also helping to fill you up.
These are the weeks when you need to re-engage with your goals and remind yourself why you’re putting in all that hard work. Spring marathons can be built in the gym and summer bodies are made in the snow.
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