Winter can often be a challenging time to stay committed to the fitness routines we’ve developed during other, more pleasant times of the year! Between inclement weather, the “winter blues” many of us can often experience, and our slower metabolisms - fitness isn’t always top of the mind!
Trisch Richardson, FRESH Start Certified Coach & Master T-Tapp Trainer in Indiana, shares her secret to staying fit in the winter (and in any other challenging times!)...she calls it...
...Sneaky Fit to the Rescue!
Here’s what she shares...
I will often “curl my core” against a wall when my lower back is sore, especially from a long day of standing or walking. Of course, it’s not always easy to find a suitable wall wherever I am! So, just lean against any door after closing it. I used to do it only when I was alone - but after awhile I just didn’t care!
If you have never curled your core against a wall, here is the short version
(I share a longer version in my online programs)
Stand against a wall, feet out about 4-5 inches
Bring belly button up towards the rib cage (it won’t really go up that high, it’s the activation you are after)
Now use the tummy muscles to flatten the lower back against the wall, tucking to accommodate as needed
Keeping the core activated to flatten back against the wall, lift the ribs without arching away from the wall
Shift knees out, weight off big toe
Big inhale, exhale BIGGER! (Note: It WILL be tough to inhale big, do your best!)
Step away and kick out
Of course, there are many other ways and methods of squeezing fitness into the cold and blustery days of winter.
You can walk indoors to a Walking Program DVD, stretch to a yoga video via Youtube, or use a jump rope in the living room! There’s free weights, stretchy bands and kettle bells - the options available to us are truly endless these days!
The key is to KEEP MOVING, recruit an accountability buddy to encourage you, and reward yourself with a healthy protein smoothie or extra cup of tea or even a square of dark chocolate for your commitment to fitness through this extra-tough time of year!
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