We’re halfway through winter and you may have noticed your motivation drop! But why does this happen? Is it the dark? The electric blanket calling us back to bed? Netflix releasing Stranger Things 3? Lucky for us, FNF PT Ryan Florido is here to explain why our drive to exercise takes a nosedive during the cooler months and shares his secrets on how you can survive these chilly winter days! Read on our friends (and turn that electric blanket off!).
I can appreciate that it becomes extremely tempting to slow things down a little with your health & fitness regime.
You’re starting to wear more layers of clothing, so you tend not to notice your body so much or take as much pride in it as when you’re out on show during the summer. Not to mention, your motivation can take a big nose dive especially during those particularly cold/dark/wet days when it’s hard to go anywhere, let alone the gym.
If we’re being honest, most of us would prefer to stay at home, snug and toastie in our winter woolies and eating nostalgic comfort food – myself included.
And there’s a reason for this. It’s because your metabolism slows down during the winter.
During colder temperatures, your body has to spend much more energy in conserving heat. So, it has to slow down metabolism to avoid unnecessary energy expenditure. Your body’s number one priority is to survive, so it will naturally combat the threat of cold weather.
You will also crave carbs a lot more! When the body is deprived of Vitamin D (due to decreased sunlight), your serotonin levels drop. And adequate serotonin is required for a healthy mood. Low serotonin levels lead to carb cravings because the body is desperately seeking ways to increase serotonin levels!
One thing that I’m quick to remind clients is that as quickly as they ‘condition’, they can just as quickly ‘de-condition’. It can take weeks, if not months of hard work and consistency to build a healthy & fit body.
That said, all of that hard work that has been put in can be un-done by making a few wrong decisions and this can lead to being demotivated. You may very well end up forming old, bad habits that led you to making that decision to become fit and healthy in the first place!
The key to surviving the winter period is to maintain your momentum.
So what will separate you from others during this time will be the ability to control your willpower and your strong desire for consistency.
Whilst others choose to sleep in, or wait for the weather to become warmer before they work out, you will continue your fitness grind. You will put yourself weeks, if not months, ahead of anybody else that chooses to take their foot off the gas pedal.
Don’t put your training on the shelf and wait until spring/summer approaches! You will only set yourself back and will have to work extremely hard to get to your current fitness state again.
If you struggle with motivation…I may know a personal trainer!
Blog post courtesy of Liverpool St and St Peters PT Ryan Florido