During the cold Chicago winter, it can be difficult to stay focused on fitness. We asked personal trainer Erin Matsumura (Approach Fitness) for tips on making exercise a priority during the winter months. Check out her tips, below:
5 Ways to Stay in Shape During the Winter
by: Erin Matsumura, Approach Fitness
- Find Your Fitness - Winter can be a great time to shake up your normal fitness routine and discover new forms of exercise. Focus on activities you enjoy, that get you moving, and increase your heart rate. If you enjoy playing basketball, then play basketball. Rather dance? Then dance. Limited on time? Circuit-train. Do what you like: walk, run, climb stairs, take Pilates/yoga classes, do fitness DVDs, try boxing or martial arts, ski, ice skate, etc. Find your fitness and do what you enjoy.
- Train For An Event- If you know a Chicago runner, you’ve likely heard them talk about the Shamrock Shuffle or F^3 Half Marathon. There’s nothing like registering for an event to keep you focused and committed to your winter training. Not into running? Sign up for a biathlon or join a sports social league for basketball or hockey.
- Kick Yourself Out - Peel yourself off of the couch or out of your cubicle! No matter how much your inner voices begs you to stay inside to avoid the snow, rain, or cold, kick yourself out of the house/office. If you’re a runner, put on your shoes and make a deal with yourself: As long as I go outside and run 1 mile, I can turn around and go home if I decide I really don’t want to be out there. Not a runner? Same goes for fitness rooms and gyms; just get yourself there and commit to something small like 15 minutes on the elliptical or three sets of bicep-curls. Nine times out of ten, you’ll stay and enjoy your entire workout.
- Core Strength - Your core is the center of your body where all movements originate. Use the winter months to focus on strengthening your core. Get in a quick abdominal workout while watching your favorite TV program. Save the fancy stuff for the gym and focus on proper form while executing basic crunches, side crunches, reverse crunches, floor bridges, and plank maneuvers.
- Drink More Water - About 60% of your body is composed of water. If you drink enough water, your body will release excess water, making you appear leaner. If you do not drink enough water, your body will retain as much water as it can, making you appear bloated and puffy. Generally, you should consume about half of your body weight in ounces of water. So a person who weighs 150lbs should consume around 75oz, or 9.5 cups of water per day. (One cup is 8oz.) Drink early and drink often!
Approach Fitness LLC is a personal training company serving Chicago, IL. Personal Trainer Erin Matsumura is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, with a B.A. from California State University at San Bernardino, CPR/AED certified, carries professional liability insurance and participates in continuing education.
Reside Rewards Discount: Approach Fitness LLC is offering Reside Residents a ”Smart Start Fitness Evaluation” (Fitness consultation, fit test, customized program design and three 1-hour personal training sessions) for just $175 (Ordinarily $225). Call or e-mail for a consultation and remember to mention your Reside affiliation for this deep discount.