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E.ON Energy have recently undertaken some research, showing that cold weather puts 77% of Brits off outdoor activity and running errands. Turning outside when the weather is grim can be difficult and I can relate to the struggles of knowing that a long training run is calling, yet staying in the warm is a more tempting option. I enjoy going out for a run when a crisp day is beckoning from outside, cold but sunny.
But when the wind is howling and bitterly cold with grey skies threatening rain, I know that I would rather stay indoors so it’s hardly surprising that so many others feel the same way. However, there are things you can do to motivate yourself to go out, or incorporate exercise into your home routine.
It may sound obvious, but dress appropriately for the weather if you are planning a long training run or similar. When the wind is biting, I don’t leave the house without wearing my Buff as a headband over my ears. I hate having the cold wind nip at my ears as it gives me a headache. I also recommend layers to keep warm as these can always be removed if you get too hot. It’s much harder to get warm when you’re chilled to the core than it is to cool down!
When you get back, jump into a nice hot bath or shower. Make sure your thermostat is set so you don’t have to wait for hot water. I always find a hot bath relaxes my muscles after a workout, and I always feel much better after. Hang your towel/bathrobe over a radiator for bonus warmth after and don’t forget to enjoy a hot drink! The promise of a hot bath is definitely a great way to motivate me to go out, especially if I’ve got a good book to enjoy while I soak.
19% of those surveyed said that miserable weather causes them to eat less healthily. Unfortunately, I am one of those people. I put on over a stone in weight thanks to the combination of my ankle injury and cold weather misery; it was just too easy to reach for biscuits and cake. I’m now taking more care about what I eat.
55% of Brits want to incorporate exercise into their home routine. Stretching in the morning is an easy way to accomplish this. I find stretching in the morning really helps to loosen up my back and energises me for the day. It’s also a great way to relax your muscles when the weather is cold!
For more information on how you can give yourself an energy refresh, check out Alice Liveing’s tips on the E.ON website.
Win a £150 Sweaty Betty or Gymshark voucher!
I’m giving away a £150 voucher for either Sweaty Betty or Gymshark. Simply comment below with your ideas for staying motivated during cold weather. Competition open until 7pm GMT 8th March 2019, winner will be contacted on 9th March 2019.
EDIT: And the winner is…!
The giveaway is now closed. There was one disqualification due to being outside the specified time frame. And the winner is…
Laura, who says that catching up on podcasts is a great way to get motivated.
Congratulations Laura, I’ll be in touch.