Come rain or shine, you can stay on top of your fitness game by following these tips.
Most of us don't even realise it but the changing of seasons can really have an effect. For example, different weather conditions can have an impact on our sleep, health, mood and energy levels. Different periods of the year affect us psychologically, too, and it's important to be aware of how we can take advantage of every new season to stay fit and healthy.
Here are some useful tips for working out in any season.
Spring, when it’s cool and breezy
- Team up! The beginning of the year is when everyone is looking to make a new start and that often includes refreshing old fitness routines. Grab an exercise buddy so you’ll have a friend to accompany you during workouts as well as someone to keep you motivated.
- Set a realistic schedule. New Year’s resolutions are meant to be ambitious, but you don't want to set unrealistic goals. This will only discourage you and make you feel insecure when you don’t achieve them. The best fitness choices and goals are the ones you can keep up with and enjoy.
Summer, when it gets hot
- Stay well hydrated. Make sure you drink plenty of water. We tend to perspire more in the heat and it requires a bigger effort than normal to stay hydrated during the summer.
- Invest in sweat-wicking apparel. Gym clothes made from special synthetic fabrics will keep you dry and cool when you work out and can really improve your performance when training in hot weather.
- Exercise in cooler places. When the kids are having their school holidays, it's a great time to get the family together for a pool party or indoor ice skating! Also, try to run or walk on dirt paths instead of on a pavement or road as cement and asphalt radiate heat and reflect the sun's rays.
This can cause your body to overheat if you’re not hydrated enough.
Autumn, when the weather starts to turn
- Establish a morning workout routine. During this period, it can feel as though it's later in the day than it actually is, which can make you feel more tired than usual. Get into the habit of working out in the morning. This will not only give you more energy throughout the day, but it ensures that no matter how lethargic you feel in the evenings, you know you’ve already got your workout done so you can spend your nights relaxing instead.
- Exercise outdoors. As the temperature begins to cool, take advantage of the season's pretty colours and smells and move your exercise routine outdoors. Go on a long hike along a scenic trail, or go kayaking with the whole family for some healthy fun.
- Take up a new class. Autumn is that time of year when we start to feel a little sluggish and unmotivated – the summer parties are over and Christmas isn't here yet. So if you've always wanted to pick up pole dancing or perform aerial manoeuvres like a professional trapeze artist, this is a great period to perk up your personal and fitness development.
Winter, the chilly season
- Exercise indoors. Generally, winter is the most discouraging period of the year for getting people to step out of their warm and cosy homes. A thorough calisthenics programme is easy to do at home and extremely effective – you can also watch TV while doing it!
- Dress warmly. Be sure to keep yourself warm during the colder season by choosing fitness apparel with heat-regulating properties. Thermal tights, compression wear and windproof jackets will all go a long way towards keeping you warm and comfortable.
So come rain or shine, you've now got plenty of time to plan ahead and keep a great fitness routine going all year long!