Exercising in winter

Do you find it harder to exercise during the winter months? 

I’m hearing it every day from women and I also feel it when the cold weather, dark mornings and nights draw in🙁

If this rings true for you, check out my tips to help you keep joy and headspace in your winter workouts💜

Layer, layer, layer
Whilst it’s tempting to grab your thickest clothes; it’s better to have thinner multiple layers. Think vest top, followed by an exercise top, followed by a hoodie/waterproof jacket. I have been known to wear a pair of 90 denier tights under my leggings to layer up there😆

By doing this, air gets trapped between the layers and warms up to keep out the chill. You can also then take layers off as you get warmer during your session.

Protect your extremities
We’re talking about ears, fingers and toes as the furthest bits from our torso get cold the quickest🥶

Gloves are a given – please wear them! Heat packs in them too are useful; particularly if you suffer from Raynaud’s like I do.

Either a hat or thick headband is good. Some people find hats too hot, so a headband allows heat to escape whilst keeping your ears warm.

Finally those pinkies can get cold so think layers again and double up on thinner socks rather than reaching for one thick pair.

Don’t do it alone
If the thought of stepping out into the chill makes you want to dive to the sofa; then exercise buddies bring much joy and accountability!

Whether you’re part of a programme with a coach – I might just happen to know a good one 😉 – or meeting up with friends to do your own thing – you’re far more likely to get out and importantly, enjoy exercising when with others.

Have your own tips?
Is there anything else you’d recommend? If so I’d love to hear about it so just comment below!

Enjoy those winter workouts😀

Emma x

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