Does the Cold Agree With Your Workout Plans?
By Tom Herrin
Once those temperatures begin to drop, a lot of people turn their minds from exercising to eating. It seems that many feel that's a good reason to take a few months off -- only to gain more weight than they can reasonably drop. Not only is this a bad habit, but it also ends up in that yo-yo pattern that can be really bad for health. With a little better plan and focus, anyone can maintain a good program even when the days are short and considerably colder. Having a good plan in place may be all that it takes.
The Warm-Up Is Just That
When people do any kind of exercise, they usually begin with some kind of stretching and a warm-up routine. One of the frequent problems is that they often pass it off as one more item on a checklist. A real warm-up should bring blood to as many parts of the body as possible. This can help to reduce the chances of injury while raising the temperature in these parts of the body as well. The time dedicated to a proper warm-up is well worth it.
Be a Friend to Someone Else
When people work out alone, it is easy to slack off if it doesn't go well. Including a friend or some other person can provide a little more motivation. If another person expects something, it places a bit of peer pressure on the situation. The feeling that if one can do it the other can also is a pretty good incentive. Giving up together is not all that popular. Good friends can help to make each other become the best they can be.
A Lot of It Is in Your Head
Most people who work to train themselves or others realize that most things are in your head. While it is true that your body can get pretty tired and cold, the ability to set goals and work a little harder to achieve them is largely mental. You have to know how long or how far you will reach. Pushing yourself a little more periodically can help you to achieve things you never thought you could. Take those little steps, and endure a bit more cold. It will surprise you at what you can do.
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