Warm Up For Your Winter Workout!

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Adam_Swartzendruber_dawn_career_on11_sqBy: Adam Swartzendruber

Autumn and winter months can be some of the hardest
on fitness routines and motivation.

Changing your workout, watching holiday foods and seeking the help of a personal trainer can all make a difference in the colder months.

There’s a chill in the air, the pool is closed for the season, and we’re left inside to curl up with our favorite comfort food. While fall and winter months certainly have their appeal, they’re not so friendly to our workouts. The body we’ve worked on for the pool is suddenly hidden by winter clothes and our enthusiasm to work out disappears as quickly as those lovely, long summer days.

Unfortunately, most Americans feel as though fall and winter seasons mean staying indoors and being more sedentary. The shorter and colder days can really do a number on our motivation, and the inclement weather conditions can limit physical activity options outdoors.

So how can you beat the winter blues and stick with your fitness plan? It may take increased motivation, a change in your current exercise routine and the help of a personal trainer. Here are a few ways for you to stay active this winter!

Change of plans

The change in seasons may cause a change in your workout, but it doesn’t mean you can’t maintain the same level of intensity! Find a seasonal activity that you enjoy. There’s always something to do – weather is no excuse!  If you’re properly clothed for cold-weather exercise, such as walking or running, you may find that it’s not only tolerable but quite enjoyable due to decreased humidity and heat.  Most people find that an outdoor exercise in the winter isn’t so bad if they give it a chance and dress appropriately.

Not a chance you’re going to deal with cold weather? This may be the time to seek the expertise of a personal trainer. They can evaluate your previous fitness plan and customize a new winter routine that brings the same level of activity indoors with exercises you can do at home or at the gym.

Watch out for winter dangers

Winter exercisers face two types of hazards that can wreak havoc on their workout regimen:  weather and the high-calorie meals we partake in during the colder months.

First of all, always remember the dangers that come with cold weather. Dress appropriately – don’t think you’ll work up enough of a sweat to stay warm during your workout. Cover your hands, head and feet!  Also, remember to drink enough water.  We tend to not drink as much when it’s colder, but actually, water evaporates faster in the colder, drier air.

Second, watch what you put on your plate. Fall and winter bring high-calorie comfort foods and heavy holiday feasts. A personal trainer can also advise you on nutrition tips and how to make smart food choices throughout the season.

Consider a personal trainer

Choosing to train with a personal trainer can be a small decision that makes a big impact on your overall health.  One of the greatest benefits is getting an individualized exercise plan that fits your individual goals, time-constraints, physical limits, and interests.

Another reason to consider a personal trainer is the motivation factor. A personal trainer isn’t just making you workout – they’re a coach!  Your personal trainer is a motivator and lifestyle coach that can help you address behavior changes and eating habits and debunk exercise myths and misconceptions for you.

Personal trainers are not for just the rich and famous anymore! Their assistance shouldn’t be thought of as a luxury but as a necessary part of your fitness plan. Most personal trainers can work with a wide range of time conflicts, budgets, age groups, and physical limitations.  Personal training is meant to be just that – personal!

Remember that it’s a good idea
to work with a personal trainer consistently.

This is a more proactive approach rather than a reactive. Slow, realistic weight loss and maintenance through year-round, healthy habits is easier and healthier than trying to lose weight quickly. One of the peak times for personal training is January, due to the overwhelming number of New Year’s resolutions – don’t fall into that craze! Stick to personal training year-round.

About Adam Swartzendruber,
Personal Fitness Trainer Program Coordinator at Dawn Career Institute

Adam Swartzendruber has been involved in the fitness industry since 1999 when he earned his Fitness Instructor Certification at Northern Virginia Community College. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Health & Physical Education with a Nutrition minor and his Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Today, he is the Personal Fitness Trainer Program Coordinator at Dawn.

Want To Learn More?

If you’re interested in a new career, Dawn Career Institute may have the right program for you! Dawn Career Institute offers day and evening classes at its campus in Wilmington, Del., and online. In programs that last about eight months, you’ll learn the essentials to qualify for a job in one of these fast-growing professions.

Dawn Career Institute offers job placement assistance to all its students, and financial aid is available to those who qualify. Dawn Career Institute also offers the following career-training programs: Esthetician (Skin Care Specialist), Massage Therapist, Personal Fitness Trainer, Medical Assistant, Medical and Dental Biller/Health Insurance Claims Examiner, Medical Administrative Specialist, Nurse Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assistant, and Legal Assistant. Dawn Career Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

For more information, go to www.VisitDCI.com or call 1-800-495-8260.

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