Four Tips for Staying on Track
Stop Letting Excuses Ruin Your Workouts
At Fitbit, tracking steps, calories, weight loss and sleep efficiency is just the start. The mission isn’t to push you to perpetually break a step record — it’s to find habits that put you on the path to becoming healthier, happier and revitalized. For many, maintaining momentum through the long winter season is tough, and understandably so: everything from an overabundance of sugary delights to less daylight for running is ready to sidetrack you. Following the strategies below can help put routine-ruining excuses to bed.
Break Up Your Day
If you find yourself unmotivated to take a jog during a chilly evening, consider switching things up and visiting an indoor track in the morning. Or, better still, see it as an opportunity to suit up and sneak in a midday run when the sun is at its brightest. Breaking up a workday with a run, jog, or walk is a great way to accomplish a daily workout while also giving your creative muscles a deserved break. Some of our best ideas come while outside of the office, in our own world, and getting out of the work mindset for even a short amount of time can have a positive impact on your physical and mental well-being.
Try Something New
Winter’s chill may throw you off of your routine, but the season is also a great excuse to experiment with activities that you may have overlooked in the past. Engaging in a winter sport provides a much-needed break from the realities of winter, exercises new muscles, forces you to meet new people, and broadens your horizons. Be it ice skating, hockey, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or an indoor game of soccer, you may be surprised how many sports work well in winter.
Get the Right Gear
It’s easy to overlook, but gear goes a long way. Being comfortable and protected from the elements improves your overall mood and enables you to be more active for longer periods of time. You may not be able to survive a half-hour run in the winter using your summer gear, but outfitting yourself with thermal leggings, wicking socks, and a decent face mask can change things considerably.
Find a Partner
If conflicting vacation schedules and a plethora of family activities are making it tough to exercise with your go-to partner, take the chance to find encouragement with new people. Catching up with a long lost cousin around a dessert table has its perks, but catching up over a walk? Now you’re multitasking. Better yet, challenge the family Fitbit wearers to some friendly step competition and see who can burn off the most calories before the holiday feast.
Set a Goal
There’s nothing more motivating than having a tangible goal to work towards. Whether it’s a new race length, a new weight you’re able to bench press, or beating your own personal best, you’re more likely to stay on track if you have a potential accomplishment on the horizon. Seeing your progress over time is also a great motivator; with Fitbit’s devices and online mobile tools, you’ll be able to see how you’re trending over time with steps, distance, pace, and more. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so set small goals to help you get the big goal.