Top 3 tips to avoid winter blahs

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From Noga Sachs
MS Health Promotion Manager
Jones Lang LaSalle

As summer winds down we naturally drift away from outdoor entertainment and start spending more time indoors. It’s a good idea to start thinking about what you’ll do to maintain your fitness through the colder months ahead. Here are my top 3 tips.

1. Avoid boredom. Variety is the spice of life. If you find yourself getting bored with your workouts, keep up your motivation by trying a new exercise class, and checking out new exercise demonstrations online or videos. Even bringing in friends and family members may be the interesting company you need to keep you going.
 
2. Watch yourself grow. It feels great to monitor your increased strength and ability to lengthen the workout. Continue to challenge yourself in order to reap the benefit. Maybe you’ve hit your goal and don’t know where to go from here. Use the FITT (Frequency Intensity Time Type) exercise physiology principle. Change or increase your FITT duration to keep it challenging.  

3.  Have a back up plan. Sometimes your schedule won’t allow you to fit in the entire workout you have planned for yourself. In order to keep up the momentum, it’s important not to let small blips in your schedule interfere with your exercise consistency. Prepare yourself with at least a 10 minute backup plan that you can do anytime, anywhere. This could be any combination of equipment free exercises such as sit-ups, push-ups, lunges, squats, even burpees. Just make sure to have a specific plan in mind so you can do it without having to think about it, no matter the time or place.

-Noga

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