Many of us in the North East suffer from “seasonal depression.” The cold temperatures and short dark days don’t always make for conducive weather for workouts or any motivation whatsoever – myself included. I want to share my top tips for getting through the winter, staying healthy, fit and motivated.
As simple as it seems, establishing a routine for your fitness will greatly improve your results. Now I am not talking about your workouts being routine, I am talking about your schedule. The more routine you can get your workouts in – whether that be first thing in the morning, or every night before dinner, or right after you drop the kids off at school – the more likely you are to stick with it. My recommendation if you do not already have a routine, is to start with something attainable. So if you are starting from zero – you might shoot for two workouts per week, and gradually step that up over time. Routine can also help with your diet. While I completely believe “variety is the spice of life,” there is something to be said about the “Rituals” we all have when it comes to eating. For example – your morning coffee. Maybe it’s time to change that routine, skip the milk or sugar laden creamer and add some metabolism boosting cinnamon or maybe instead of your second cup, have a cup of green tea!
Often times we are missing one or a few essential vitamins, which can drastically alter our energy and moods. Last year after having my blood work tested, my physician let me know I had a pretty significant Vitamin- D deficiency. I was well aware of the repercussions of low levels of Vitamin-D as a CrossFit coach and Personal Trainer, yet I was guilty of this myself. I made it a point to make sure if I wasn’t getting my daily allowance of 20 minutes Sunshine (Make sure to use spf even in winter!I highly recommend these two brands – Coola and Josie Maran ) that I better make sure to take a supplement or get it from my food. An awesome way to get more Vitamin-D in your diet is to add some seafood in your life – Salmon, Mackerel and even Tuna are great sources of Vitamin- D as well as healthy Omega’s and Lean Protein!
Find a Buddy
It always helps to have a friend or a group of friends to keep you motivated. One thing I have been doing over the past few months is keeping group texts going to keep myself, and my friends motivated (thanks ladies!). You can text each other to remind them to get out of bed for a workout, join you for a class or challenge you to try something new. I actually think this is one of the biggest motivators, as you feel more accountable, than if it is just you.
Try Something New
If you haven’t read my 2015 Fitness Bucket List, definitely check it out. Trying something new is a great way to feel refreshed and motivated. I know if I was to only stick to one type of workout, I would get bored. As most of you know I am a big fan of CrossFIt, BUT – it is meant to be INCLUSIVE. Ya know that whole “try new sports,” thing that people seem to forget? If you don’t get out of the BOX, get out of the GYM, get out of your HOUSE – it is possible to get a little stale. Which is why I believe it is important to simply diversify!
This also includes your diet. Try some new recipes, grab a new cookbook and get in the kitchen. You never know what you can find. If you don’t have the money to be purchasing a new cookbook, you can find great recipes on Pinterest, PaleOmg or HERE on my blog ( I recommend the cookies!) Or have a cookbook swap with a friend!
Anyway these are just a few fun ways to change it up and stay motivated. Let me know what you do to keep yourself healthy through the winter!