Did you know that only 23% of Americans are getting enough exercise?
According to Federal physical activity guidelines adults should be doing at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week. They should also be doing muscle-strengthening activities at least twice a week.
Most people often say that they’ll start a new exercise routine in the new year, but why not get ahead of your New Year’s resolutions and start now? Keep reading to learn 3 ways to achieve your fitness goals this winter.
Wintry Months and Exercise
Despite the wintry months being cold and dull, they are one of the best times to start exercising, because you don’t get too hot and it can help to get you out of the house more.
There are two types of exercise that you need to incorporate into your fitness goals. Cardiovascular exercise, such as fast walking, running and cycling, help to increase your heart rate and build your body’s endurance, which can help to fight winter colds and flus. Resistive exercise, such as weight lifting and bodyweight exercises, helps to build your strength and muscles.
3 Ways to Achieve Your Fitness Goals
Staying fit and active over winter can be challenging, but it is very attainable, if you plan it and make sure you stick to your routines.
- Fitness Goals
The first thing you need to do is address your fitness goals. Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to become stronger? Do you want to just be fitter in general?
Setting goals can help you see results quicker, which means you stay more motivated to achieve them.
- Exercise Routine
The second thing you need to do is establish an exercise routine. Make sure you come up with a routine you can stick to. For example, you might prefer to exercise in the morning before work, or you might prefer to do the main bulk of your exercise on the weekend.
Then you need to make sure you have the right equipment and accessories. For example, you might need to have specific clothes, a fitness tracker, or indoor exercising equipment.
Why do you need these things? Well, choosing the right athletic clothing can help you prevent injuries, especially in winter, as it can help to ensure you stay warm and don’t get blisters. Having a fitness tracker can help you track your fitness goals and achieve them. And indoor exercise equipment is good for winter months if the weather isn’t too good.
Achieve Your Fitness Goals This Winter
To achieve your fitness goals, remember to keep track of your fitness and health over the winter. There are many ways you can do this, for example, you might want to keep a fitness diary which can help you monitor and track your progress.
If you’re wanting to lose, maintain, or gain weight, then you might also want to consider using a body scale once a week to monitor your weight loss or gain. Alternatively, you might want to use technology to track and monitor your health and fitness progress and to achieve your fitness goals.