Keep training in the winter months - Clapham Personal Training

Posted by Ben Simpkins on September 20, 2016

Come on, I had to get that in there!

Well the summer is looking like it is well and truly over here in the UK we have gone from over 30 degrees to tropical storms. The light seems to have disappeared and it is now dark in the morning so how the hell are you expected to keep training? Follow our top rules below for training in the colder months and you will be ready to rock on with your training routine come rain or shine!

Once the weather starts to drop off it is all too often to stay curled up in bed then get up and get out in the cold, wet and miserable mornings, the winter is usually the downfall for most and it gives you an extra chance of an excuse, I once had a personal training client cancel on me in the gym because it was raining outside ….. HOW DOES THAT WORK?!

If you get your mindset right, and set yourself up to succeed no matter what mother nature is doing you will see extra benefits and once you have done it a couple of times you will most likely find out that training at this time of the year is actually a lot more enjoyable than in the summer!

1) Get waterproofs!

There is nothing worse than being soaked to the core, and you get that wet body con look. Buy yourself the appropriate kit to keep your core warm, a good waterproof running jacket should do the job as you do not want too many layers on as remember you will start to get ridiculously hot within 5 minutes of your session.

You go from one extreme of being soaked in just a t-shirt to having to peel off 10 layers of tops after every exercise. Find something light that will keep you dry.

2) Hats off to you, hats on for your training

A hat can make a big difference while training outside depending upon what you are doing, it is way too hard to try and perform a kettlebell swing while trying to wipe away the rain from your eyes, find yourself a hat that has a peak and keeps the water away from your eye line.

3) Safety first

Ensure your trainers have a good level of grip on the bottom, roads and paths will become slippery with either the water or ice on it so do your best to give you support if you are out running and be sure to wear something bright, ensure that other people can see you while you are out there as it’s not easy to spot someone dressed all in black at 6.30am.

If it gets to the point where there are thunderstorms, call it a day though, as great as it is that you are keeping yourself active it is not worth the potential risk of either you or something close to you being hit by lightning.

4) Music

Keeping this short and simple, find whatever heavy tune helps get you pumped up and have a little rave in your session. High paced with loud bass usually help increase training levels and it will help ease the thought of “I should be in bed, what the hell am I doing?!”

Just make sure you keep it protected if it is wet, the last thing you want to do is break your music playing device.

5) Just train

I cannot stress enough how brilliant it feels just being outside training in the winter months, you feel like a badass, you look like one, and you keep yourself on track to achieve a healthy lifestyle and a toned body all year round.

It will help build your mental toughness, it will reduce stress being outside, you will get some fresh air and will reduce excuses later in the year. If you can run in the snow, you can get down the gym on a normal day.

If you really honestly cannot bring yourself to be outside, then join a gym or an exercise class that is inside, the weather really shouldn’t determine whether you train or not but if you find it is becoming an excuse more often than not, sign up to a gym or class membership.

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