Top tips for keeping fit this winter

Even the most dedicated exercise enthusiasts can experience some lapses in motivation when it comes to staying active in the winter months.

Around this time of year, many people see their exercise routine in a bit of a flux, with plenty of goodwill to do more, but a bit of a battle when it comes to the reality of doing more… It’s hard. Nights are long and the days are a little cold and dark. It is, naturally, much harder for humans to feel inclined to step outside – or find some space inside - and get moving.

According to research by The Weather Channel and YouGov, almost a third of people in the UK suffer from a degree of Seasonal Affective Disorder, which can be a factor in why people do not feel motivated to keep up with their workout routines.

However, there are things we can do to help ourselves, and we’ve rounded up some of the top tips from our friends at WeSwimRun…

Challenge yourself

If you feel that your motivation has slipped, you could enter a race or challenge, giving yourself a tangible target to train for. This is an excellent way to keep yourself motivated to train and exercise through the darker months of the year.

So, if you’re ready to get back into the groove of exercising, why not sign up to a cycle, run, walk, or combination of all! The Liverpool Half Marathon, The Great North Run, Cycle London to Paris, support the Salvation Army and trek Mount Toubkal (get in touch if you’d like to join us and raise money!), or if you’re looking for something different, sign up for WeSwimRun’s ‘COOL KM’ race at Princes Dock!

Exercise with others

Sometimes it can be off-putting to exercise on your own, especially if you’re new to things. So, you could join a group or club…

There are lots of different groups around LCR – you could try your hand at running, kayaking, open water swimming, hockey, squash... the list – of indoor and outdoor options - goes on and on!

By joining in with others and pencilling it in your diary every week, you’re more likely to stick to it - you’re able to exercise, be social and have fun all at the same time!

So, whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, groups are a great way to boost the motivation and consistency.

Start simple

At times, it can be hard to find the motivation when it comes to exercising in the winter months, but if you’re looking for something to keep yourself active, you can always start simple.

Try walking or running - both are great for weight management as well as mental health, and it’s a great opportunity for you to get to know a place better. Also, if your work – and coordination - allows, a walk can provide good headspace to catch up on emails or jot down ideas. Obviously immersing yourself in nature is optimum, but sometimes we can’t tear ourselves away from our desks but then when we do, we remember the benefits of stepping away, and modern technology giving us emails in the palm of our hands.

Don’t be scared to take the plunge

It may be easy to bring your workouts indoors, but you could embrace the cold weather, blow away the cobwebs and take in the cooler air by trying your hand at swimming in supervised open water areas. It may seem pretty wild, and it is, but it typically brings a supportive crowd and there is nothing quite as refreshing as a cool dip. There are lots of options, increasing in popularity, for open water swimming, including the Lakeside Adventure Centre, Liverpool Watersports Centre and Princes Dock with WeSwimRun.

For many, the thought of open water swimming is a scary one, but it has so many great benefits. It's a full-body, low-impact workout which boosts your immune system, clears your mind and improves your circulation.

Open water swimming can cause an immediate improvement in your mood, as it boosts your dopamine and serotonin levels and stimulates the release of endorphins. One to consider…

So, if you’re thinking of dusting off the cobwebs, there are plenty of fun activities you can do across Liverpool City Region, from open water swimming at WeSwimRun, paddleboarding, climbing, skating or golf with Contact Sport, or canoeing with Friends of Allonby.

If you’re looking for further support or advice around getting active, get in touch.