There has definitely been a change in the weather in the last few days, and I feel like we might be slowly creeping towards Spring now, with increased sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures on the horizon – hey, it’s only a few days until the clocks go forward!
However, if you’re still struggling to gain that extra motivation to get outside and exercise after the winter months you’re not alone. New research by E.ON has shown that bad weather causes more than three quarters (77%) of Brits to put off their planned outdoor activities, with a massive 56% saying that a dismal day stops them going for a walk.
I totally get it – heading out in the cold and wet can seem like it won’t be much fun! But, that doesn’t have to be the case, and even if you don’t want to add additional workout time into your day, there are plenty of alternative ways to get an energy refresh as part of your normal routine.
5 Top Tips for an Energy Refresh
1 – Dress for the weather and go anyway!
There’s nothing worse than planning to go out for a hike or a bike ride and the weather turning halfway, drenching you to the skin and freezing your fingers off. Adverse conditions can be a challenge, but they don’t have to put a dampener on your workout – make sure you dress appropriately and you will find that you can still enjoy that session you planned, and feel even more smug at the end of it that the weather didn’t beat you this time!
2 – Start your day with an active commute
If you’re looking for a relatively easy way to refresh your workout routine, adding some activity into your commute is such a quick option. Get off the bus/train one stop earlier and walk the last block, or why not look at cycling or running some of the way? Even for people who drive to work, parking a little further away from the office means you can squeeze in some activity as well.
3 – Invite your mates along and get social
The best way to enjoy getting outside is to take someone along with you! Why not give yourself an energy boost by tagging along with a friend to their choice of workout, and try something different? Getting a group of mates together and planning an outdoor adventure is a sure-fire way to re-inject some excitement, with the planning of routes, kit, and pub stops along the way!
4 – Have a goal to aim for
If you’re someone who thrives on challenge and competition – even if only with yourself – setting a new goal to work towards is a great option. It will give you extra motivation to keep getting outside, even when the weather is less than ideal, as you can see the progress you’re making towards your end point. If it’s a race with a medal or some other reward even better!
5 – Make it fun
Don’t take things too seriously! Getting outside and getting active doesn’t have to be all about PBs, completing crazy challenges or being the fittest/fastest/furthest. Sometimes, the best way to get an energy refresh is simply to take the pressure off and remember the joy we can get from just moving and exploring.
What is your favourite way to get an energy refresh, and re-motivate yourself to get outside and exercise?
Comment below with your top tip for staying motivated and you could win a £150 Sweaty Betty or Gymshark voucher courtesy of E.ON. Competition open until 7pm Tuesday 2nd April 2019, winner will be selected at random and contacted on 3rd April 2019.
NB: This post was sponsored by E.ON, to help advertise their wide range of products and services available for your home. Although I was paid for this post, all views are my own.