Winter. That delightful time of year when the world is a darker, colder place. Waking up in the
morning is harder, daylight conveniently disappears the moment you get off work and the last thing you feel like doing is a workout. Sure, you may have tried to maintain momentum by keeping up with your regular training schedule despite the duller weather, but by the time it hits mid-winter your motivation has faded as quickly as your summer tan.
While it can be hard to stick to a workout routine in the colder months, and even harder to get back to the studio after taking a break, diving head first into your usual volume of exercise will only leave you tired and sore which is demotivating in itself. Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do to minimise the discomfort as you ease yourself back into exercise.
Follow our top tips for getting back to your former fitness glory:
• Try starting off with one class a week, then increase to two, and gradually build back up to the
same volume of exercise you were doing before taking a break.
• Try shorter classes such as the 30-minute sessions. As your fitness improves increase the
session duration to 45 minutes, or work with a combination of the two.
• Take part in lower intensity strength-based classes such as TRX Launch, Ultimate Abs, and
Rock Bottom. When these aren’t such a challenge anymore, start incorporating more energetic classes into your routine; if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.
• Be more active outside of the studio. By moving more day to day, you’ll slowly build up your
fitness without too much effort, and this will make classes easier, faster. Try walking or cycling
instead of taking the car, or get off the tram a few stops early.
• Eat healthy, balanced, nutrient-dense meals. If you fuel your body with nutritious food you’ll feel good and have the energy to put maximum effort into your exercise classes. If you’re serious about getting your diet on track but feel you lack knowledge speak to our nutritionist Warwick Fenner.
• Set realistic goals and write them down. Creating milestones can be really motivating and ticking them off even more so! Set out a plan and work towards each goal with realistic time frames. Whether these be aesthetic goals, fitness goals or strength goals, writing them down and
assessing at them regularly can be a surprisingly effective way to ensure that you keep making
• Get a training buddy! Share your plan with a fellow studio member and form a mutually beneficial relationship that will ensure that you’re both showing up and putting in the work. Check out our refer a friend promotion.
• Get your family (or chosen-family) on board! Sit down to healthy meals and go on active holidays and weekend cycling trips. Exercise can be a great, fun way to bring a family or share-house together.
If you do find that you have to take a break from exercise for any reason, take the time to
remember how it felt last time you stopped training and the effort that was required to get back to full fitness. Sometimes, life gets in the way and our priorities change, but by ensuring that you are at least doing some exercise (even if it’s a lot less than usual), you’ll make the transition back into your regular routine as smooth and painless as possible.
Ultimately, the best way to maintain a good level of fitness is to be consistent with your training. In order to progress, you’ll need to try new classes, train more often or reduce your resting time. Your body will adapt to these challenges by becoming fitter and stronger. The moment you start to feel ‘comfortable’ is the moment you need to make another change to your routine; it never gets easier you just get stronger.