If you’ve recently decided to lose a bit of weight or you’re just trying to get back on the healthy living bandwagon, you might consider going out jogging. Well, the fact is that this type of exercise doesn’t work if you’re looking to lose weight, but you’re only committing to going out and running once a week.
As with any other type of exercise plan, you have to understand that you need to put in a bit of effort to achieve your goals. It might be a good idea to create a schedule and stick to it as best as possible. Choose the days where you have more time available. You can jog after work in the evening, early in the morning after waking up, or you can jog on the weekends.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to the changes you can make on your body. Just keep in mind that it is often better to start sooner rather than later.
One tip that I can give you is to use your favorite headphones and listen to your favorite music. Of course, if what you usually listen to is quiet chillout or lounge music, I wouldn’t recommend it for the purpose. You need something that’s upbeat, and that has a catchy rhythm that can help you relax and feel good about working out.
Another thing that I want to point out is that you should love your body no matter its size or shape. Many people start doing jogging because they want to shed some pounds and that’s okay, but it is their prerogative. No one can tell you how you are supposed to look. If you feel comfortable in your skin, you won’t have any problems with self-confidence when you’re out wearing your sweatpants.
Don’t be afraid that people will judge you. It’s often that other joggers just like you have started the same. Make small steps, and the change will be evident. If you have a kitchen calendar, jot down the days where you want to go out running. It’s okay to miss one every three weeks or so, but don’t make a habit out of not sticking to your workout routine because as you know and as Charles Duhigg so greatly puts it in his books, we’re creatures of habit.
If you find no sense in exercising at all and you really don’t think of it as a source of entertainment or for de-stressing, you’ll really have to make a set of rules and abide by them to make sure that you do not give up working out entirely.
Exercising during winter
In a society where personal image matters a lot, more and more people want to look good and feel good. The key towards a great, healthy body and creative mind is to exercise as much as possible, eat ”clean” food and avoid stress.
It is hard to keep up with this lifestyle, especially if you work a lot in stressful conditions, you don’t have enough time to eat regularly and the only exercise you can do is jogging in the morning. If this is the case, winter is not your friend; during this season you are tempted to give up on your healthy habits.
Researchers say that even people with thorough fitness routines can be tempted to give up on their hobby during the cold season. This happens because of bad weather, short days, lack of mood caused by the dull atmosphere and other factors.
However, you should keep exercising when sunny days are over because this gives you energy and keeps you healthy throughout the winter. In case you are wondering, there are some tricks that will help you enjoy your exercising adventure even on snow.
Firstly, it is very important to remain motivated. Studies show that during winter our body tends to store more bad fats than during summer, so it’s necessary to keep working out if you don’t want to gain weight. Also, now is the perfect time to lose some annoying kilos since calories are burnt faster if you exercise in less favorable conditions.
Secondly, you can have a lot of fun if you choose to go out in the snow instead of lying in bed all day. You can work out without realizing if you do some winter sports like skiing, ice skating, snowboarding, sledding or even making a snowman. If you are a fan of jogging, you can do this on the snow and you will have better results because your brain and lungs will receive more oxygen and clean air while you run.
Next to these activities, you can participate in group exercises that can be performed indoor like aerobics, Pilates, dance classes or you can go to the gym. Remember that safety should never be neglected, so you always have to warm up your body before the effort, no matter if you choose indoor or outdoor activities. In this way you can prevent accidents.
Thirdly, think about the perfect sports outfit for cold days. When you are outside, you will need a lightweight top made of technical fabric, fleece for dry weather, some leggings, running tights, tracksuit trousers or shorts, a hat, gloves and some waterproof item in case it rains. If you are working out inside, you can use your regular outfit.
Finally, don’t forget that winter is a season that allows you to prepare your body for spring and summer, so it’s time to give it some special attention after the intense workout. You can go to a pool or sauna, make an appointment for a massage session or simply stay at home and read or watch TV.