Winter Workout Tips

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Working out in the winter can be tough. It’s cold, you really don’t want to go outside and curling up on the sofa under a blanket with a cup of hot cocoa sounds way better than donning your yoga pants and getting your exercise on. However, if you don’t keep your fitness level up through the winter, it will be that much harder to get back in the groove when it warms up and when you actually do want to get out there and stay fit.

Here are some easy ways to get your butt into gear during the winter when all you really want to be doing is snuggling up next to the heater with a good book.

Light Therapy

Light therapy is commonly used for depressive disorders, especially Seasonal Affective Disorder – a disorder in which many people become depressed or notice depressive symptoms in the winter, when they don’t get out as much or are stuck in the house. Light therapy uses a solar lamp to deliver white light for a specified period each day. While it is primarily used for depression and other similar disorders, you can use it to help you get motivated to exercise. Because it can help boost mood during times that there is less natural light available – like during the winter – you can use light therapy to fool yourself into feeling revved up just like you do when the sun is shining outside.

Vitamin D Caplets

The sun increases your body’s available Vitamin D, and in the winter, we naturally get less vitamin D because we are exposed to less natural light. If you can’t get a solar lamp, consider supplementing your diet with vitamin D caplets during the winter. You can also use vitamin D supplementation in addition to light therapy. Vitamin D can help you feel more energized during the winter, instead of tired and lethargic.

Bite The Bullet

Getting out of bed or off the couch and working out is the hardest part – once you’re actually up and doing it, it’s no big deal. Working out makes you feel fabulous for the rest of the day. Even if it’s a blizzard outside, you’ll feel great all day and have the energy to power thorough your “to do” list. So just bite the bullet, get up and exercise. Flip on your winter workout DVD and go to town, even if you can only stand to do 10 minutes of it. Throw your hair up, slip on your tennis shoes and get in the car before you can talk yourself out of going to the gym. It’s hard getting going during the winter, but once you’re finished, you’ll be glad you did it. 

If you are in New York City and interested in joining an all woman’s boot camp  please visit  NYC ADVENTURE BOOT CAMP, mention that you found us through our blog for and extra 15% off a membership. Come work out like a GIRL!!!

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Summer Time Fun

Here at NYC Adventure Boot Camp we believe in having fun. We work and play hard. We set goals and meet them. I am very proud of all the ladies that are committed and that attend NYC Adventure Boot Camp and so this post is for them. We all share one common goal and that’s to be strong independent women. We show up and work out hard and have the results to prove it. I love that we all have such different backgrounds and different goals but still are forming this indescribable bond. And now summer is here and we move our camp outdoors, we go on hikes, we train for marathons, we are strong and ready to take anything that comes our way.

I will share some of the things that really help all of us:

You can begin by writing down all your goals. From the tiniest little thing like “fitting into a smaller size” or “losing 50lbs” once you see it, in writing, in front of you it becomes real. And don’t stop writing in your journal, then you can look back and see all the positive changes that you have accomplished. A food journal is also important. I sound like a broken record don’t I? But seriously, writing what you had in a day will change your eating habits.

If you are not at your healthiest or at your fittest it is easy to get discouraged if you don’t see results fast. But you have to remember that you will not see results at all if you stay on your couch. You have to start somewhere, even if it is just quitting fast food and walking around your neighborhood for 20 minutes.

I am always proud of all the ladies that come to NYC Adventure Boot Camp, they have the will and determination to reach their goals. They know that hard work is the only way to see results, and while it certainly is easier to stay in bed on a dark and cold winter morning at the end the only way that you are going to look and feel confident in your summer swimsuit is if you put in the hard work on those cold winter mornings.

Swimsuit and bare leg season is here are you interested in making a change? Please contact me, Stacy Papakostas for a FREE consultation.

If you are in New York City and interested in joining an all woman’s boot camp or Fitness Boxing Classes please visit NYC ADVENTURE BOOT CAMP, mention that you found us through our blog for and extra 15% off a membership. Come work out like a GIRL!!!

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