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Keep Going Through The Winter!

We’ve entered the colder and darker months – and if you live in England, the rainy months! Going out for a run or going to the gym suddenly feels a lot harder, I know. I experience it too. I think most of us do. So I’d like to give you a few tips that I feel works to keep up the motivation, particularly now we’re into the New Year!

- Always have an end goal in mind. This could be anything. A sport event like marathon, getting fit for the ski season, or even, getting in to an outfit at a special event. Goal setting is very important and is proven to help with motivation. If you don’t have a goal – how do you know when you’ve reached it?

- Once you’ve set your end goal – set some smaller goals. If you’re goals are realistic and achievable they’re much easier to stick to. Working towards a goal makes the exercise seem easier – why? Because you’re doing it for a reason.

- Make exercise a part of your day. Research has shown that when exercise is made a part of your lifestyle it’s much easier to stick to. If you don’t have time to go to the gym, get off the bus a few stops earlier, throw in some squats or lunges whilst you’re getting ready in the morning.

- Find a new activity – why not try something different? Take up a team sport, go and play badminton with your friends. The body adapts very quick so changing the training stimulus will only do you good.

- Find a training buddy – statistics show that people who train together are more successful at exercising consistently. You can keep each other accountable. Knowing that someone is waiting for you makes it easier to go and get it done.

- Reward yourself! If you’ve reached a mini goal – celebrate! This could be anything. Maybe buy that pair of jeans that you’ve always wanted. Or treat yourself with an experience, having a spa treatment will make you feel great and will only contribute to your wellbeing.

- And last but not least – HAVE FUN!

Now, if the weather is really miserable, here’s a little program you can do at home, no equipment required:

Burpees 12 reps
Lunges 12 reps
Press ups 12 reps
Squats 12 reps
Plank max time
Prone cobra max time

Do the circuit through 3-5 times with 30-60 secs rest in between each exercise. As you get fitter you can cut down the rest time. This circuit will be a quick way to keep yourself going if it’s raining out or if you’re stuck for time. Remember, something is always better than nothing.

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Finland born Anna-Maria has a background in sports coaching, health promotion and weight management, having graduated with a Bachelor in Sports Instruction degree, before continuing her impressive qualification’s with KX. Anna-Maria believes that health is a combination of physical, mental and social health. “Exercise should be fun!”
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