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So, we all know that it’s that time of the year, where it can be a challenge to keep an exercise routine going; and if you never had a routine to begin with, it’s even more difficult to start when it’s cold, wet and dark out. Folks here in Cape Town especially, have a reputation for going into serious hibernation mode, even though our winters are admittedly really not as bad as countries like Russia or China (to name just a few…).
Let’s face it, Cape Town winters are a breeze compared to this…
Have a look below at what we have to say to help avoid a winter workout rut…
Set A Goal
This winter – whether you want to lose weight or get stronger – set a reasonable goal and make it as specific as possible, then work at achieving it so that you’ll be the first one on the beach ready to show off that beautiful, strong body when summer arrives. Summer bodies are made in winter, and who doesn’t want to look good when summer ‘rolls’ around again?!
Embrace The Cold
Exercising (and pole fitness specifically) is great in winter. For these reasons:
It’s not weather dependent. What better time than to switch your outdoor (or couch potato) pursuits for a cosy indoor pole class!
You are less likely to turn into a sweaty mess five minutes into your workout (although dry skin can also be a problem for grip, so make sure you moisturise on your non-pole days or at least 8-10 hours before a pole session).
You’ll actually burn more calories in winter. The body has to work harder in the cold to get you up to a stable temperature, which means it’s giving itself a mini workout before you even get onto the pole.
Exercising boosts the immune system and improves your defences against the dreaded winter lurgy.
Regular exercise also decreases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and more.
Dark, chilly days can have a negative impact on your sense of well-being, but exercise releases “happy” endorphins that help elevate your mood.
Remember – often the most difficult part is actually leaving the comfort of that snug duvet or fire at home. Remind yourself that you have to get over that initial inertia of getting out of your house and into the studio, and once that’s done the rest is easy. Your body will feel great and you’ll wonder what all the initial moaning and groaning was about at the end of the class
Get Yourself Some New Kit
There’s something about new swag that makes getting out the door easier, which – as we mentioned above – is the most challenging step in the winter workout process.
Looking good whilst working out helps with a positive motivational mindset, so go for bright colours and/or exciting prints that will chase those winter blues away. And for our exotic pole ladies… what better time to bring out those sexy knee high socks and leg warmers?!
Pretty pole apparel helps with embracing the cold weather, but Kathy takes it to the next level!
Sign Up A Workout Wingman
Often when you train with someone it forces a different, increased level of effort because you’ll be accountable to someone else. You have to keep to more of a schedule, you’ll be pushing each other to achieve more and you’ll just generally have more fun working out. When it comes to pole, know this:
The people you meet in pole class will become some of your best friends and they’ll be pushing you to keep coming back – like having loads of workout buddies #swolemate
The pole community will be always willing to offer encouragement when you need it most #polelove
Your pole besties will be the only ones to understand your new-found fascination and to sympathise with your pole kisses and burns #poleobsessed
Watch Your Diet
Winter is when most people stay in, try to keep warm, eat rich food and ply themselves with wine. As they say, “abs are made in the kitchen” – the foods you eat become the deciding factor when it comes to a toned stomach or fat belly – so don’t undo all your hard work by eating badly. Eating right will also provide your body with energy needed to fuel all those winter workouts.
Try Out Something New
There’s no better time of year to try something new than in winter. It will force you to be fully engaged with the activity and will help reinvigorate your exercise routine at a time when most tend to stagnate. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to try but never had the kahunas, just do it. Once. See how it goes.