Once the cold weather rolls in, many people are tempted to take shelter in their homes and enter the hibernation mode. However, winter does not have to make you fall by the wayside. Crisp summer days are gone for now and there is no point in crying over spilled milk.
Snow, cold, and darkness, these are all excuses that a true gentleman must shun. You may be able to conceal the lack of workouts with an oversized jacket, but chickens come home to roost eventually.
Against all odds
Abandoning fitness routines during winter is a serious setback, one that could bring serious health, physical, and mental consequences. The weather is everything but inspiring, but that hard-earned physique is not set in stone, you know. So, muster up your unyielding resolve.
Stay motivated to exercise and fine-tune your regiment to keep momentum. Do not lose sight of your goals: You still want to display that rocking body when the summer graces us with its bounties. Moreover, you will need to be creative and think outside the box. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of ways to stay active.
Tracks in the snow
Adaptation is the name of the game. Spice things up and add variety to stay healthy, fit, and vibrant. For instance, it is clear that you may have to forsake your outdoor routine unless you want to layer and bundle up. However, you could do something like running through deep snow. If this sounds tempting, try to embrace the cold: There are many people who do not allow winter to stop them in their tracks.
Of course, in case you want to do this, you have to gear up well and wear proper attire. Check out breathable compression clothing, which is a novelty product quickly becoming a standard in the fitness world. You can combine it with pieces that form an essential winter set, such as tights, undershirts, etc. Just beware of the slippery surfaces, perform a longer warm-up and stay hydrated. Also, note that for some people, cold air causes problems such as chest pain. Stay on the safe side and feel free to communicate any concerns with your doctor.
What is more, consider taking on a winter sport. Those like ice skating, snowboarding, hockey, and skiing are not only adrenaline-pumping activities but also enable you to reap nice health and fitness benefits. So, take action before these opportunities melt away. On the other hand, if indoor sweat sessions sound like a better idea, you are not without options. Go for indoor cycling, competitive sports, indoor climbing, swimming, or start following a new gym program.
Alternatively, use your bodyweight as a fitness tool and exercise from the comfort of your home. Order some simple tools like dumbbells to raise the bar or give a heavy bag some good pounding. Those who are a bit pressed for time can choose routines like high-intensity interval training (HIIT) that give you a chance to work out swiftly and efficiently.
The list of possibilities goes on and on. Whatever you do, keep that heart rate up and calories burning. Elevate your whole workout routine instead of letting it crumble. Throwing in the towel and becoming a couch potato is not an option, lads.
Step up your game
Winter is the ultimate test of a true gentleman and his ability to reach fitness goals in spite of unfavourable conditions. So, do not let motivation get snowed under festive thrills, feasting, and other indoor pleasures.
Make the most of the new weather conditions by throwing something new into the fitness mix. Step out of your comfort zone and rest assured that it will all be worth it. You will be in top shape once the weather finally decides to show us its gentle side.
Features Writer; Peter Minkoff
Peter is a a men's grooming & fashion writer at The Beard Mag & High Street Gent magazines from UK. Beside writing he worked as a menswear fashion stylist for many fashion events around UK & Europe! His future plans are in creating a personal blog for men's grooming!
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