Get a Grip: 5 Tips for Winter Fitness Ambition From Jess Bashelor
We know. It’s winter. It’s cold. And if you’re like the rest of us (and most bears) you’ve been storing up on comfort foods and beer to insulate yourself from the frigid temperatures offered by Boston’s annual deep freeze. And if you’re like the rest of us (but not most bears) that means your snazzy wardrobe may not be fitting as well as it used to. If you’re tired of the hibernation body and looking to wake up to a new class routine, Jess Bashelor, founder and instructor at The Handle Bar indoor cycling studio, shares 5 quick tips for getting and staying motivated through the winter.
“Want to kick off a new workout routine? Plan at least one class a week with a friend and make a date of it. Sure, one class a week isn't going to work miracles, but that steady timeslot will get you in the habit. Going with a friend will require your follow-through: It’s easy to flake on yourself, but harder to bail on a friend.”
“Get those coveted lululemon crops you’ve been eyeing. Treat yourself to a new pair of sneaks, cycling shoes, a yoga mat...pick your poison! The new gear will have you looking and feeling fresh, important ingredients for success when it comes to you and your body.”
“Booking your class a week in advance locks you in both mentally and financially. Write it in your planner, do not cancel and do not waste your hard-earned money. Scheduling in your workouts is not only a good tip for following through, but it’s a necessary step to ensure your spot! At The Handle Bar, our classes often fill up. Showing up last minute and getting turned away is no way to get in shape! You know the New Year means crowded studios, so act accordingly!”
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“Introduce yourself to your instructor. Let him/her know that you plan to do big things for yourself this year. Share your goal; they would love to hear it. Once you've put yourself out there, that instructor will not forget. Boom—you've got a personal reminder to stay on track AND a new acquaintance.”
“Look at the mountain of a goal ahead of you...then look back down at your feet and take a step. Keep your eyes on the prize, but know that it’s your own two feet (one in front of the next) that will take you there. Have the confidence in yourself that you too can climb this mountain.”
How do you get going when the going gets cold? Let us know!