There’s nothing like a pitch black, ice-cold morning to encourage you to press snooze one too many times and miss another workout. Waking and sleeping with the sun is wonderful in theory, but considering the current daylight hours we'd be spending half of our working day in bed - which might sound great, but we don’t think your boss will agree! So, if you struggle to stick to a gym schedule in winter, here’s why we think fitness classes might be the secret weapon you need...
Drudging through the cold to spend an hour working out on your own is hardly a motivational boost, whereas when you arrive in a class environment, you can feed off the energy of those around you. It's the perfect opportunity to meet new people and find a tribe of people who at least like the same workout as you! People will start to expect you to be there too, so when you don’t show, questions will be asked.
Similarly to planning your solo gym sessions, plan your classes in advance to suit your schedule. Once you’ve made the commitment and your money is on the line, you’ll be far more likely to make it to class. No-one wants to start their day with a cancellation fee after all.
Sometimes the hardest part of sticking to regular workouts is a lack of routine. Make it a habit by booking into a regular class at the same time, every week. You'll find yourself arriving there on auto-pilot, which is no bad thing!
It's no wonder that runners are finding it more of a struggle to get out when it's dark outside and freezing cold. Which is why it might be time to switch things up and book into a class instead. Join a treadmill-based class if running is your one true love, or book into hot yoga if you're desperate for some heat. Close your eyes and it’ll *almost* feel like you’re in a tropical climate (apart from the person's feet you can smell).
Maybe you just aren't feeling your usual weightlifting routine, or you’re exhausted and you need something a little more low-key. Listen to your body and book into a class that suits your mood. Trying out a new class or studio is generally a fun way to keep things interesting too - you might even find yourself a brand new hobby!