Last year good habits went out the window with lockdowns. Now as we are finally starting to get into the swing of things when it comes to our healthy habits, winter is on its way. But winter is a great time to keep active. It gives you something to do, it warms you up and it is great for everything from your health and the quality of your sleep.

Here are Ben’s top tips for keeping active in winter

Find something you like to do

If you don’t like going to a gym and using the weights by yourself, you are probably more likely to not show up to training. Find something you enjoy, be it a boutique HIIT workout or a studio that offers a lot of different style classes so you can do what you feel like at the time. Exercise shouldn’t be boring, try a few things until you find something that you enjoy.

Time it well

Set yourself up for success by booking in your classes and booking into a studio that is convenient enough for you to go to. If your local studio doesn’t offer classes outside of your working hours, odds are you won’t be able to make the class and maybe signing up to a gym near work would be better for you. Maybe you may prefer an online solution like FlowAthletic.TV to take the travel time out of the equation all together.

If you are likely to stay back at work, perhaps train in the morning and visa versa. Make sure you set yourself up for success in terms of what you are doing, where and what time.

Get your friends involved or sign up to a challenge

Another way to keep yourself engaged is by signing up to a studio with a friend so you can train together, or even signing up to a challenge, be it an 8-week challenge for example or a fun run. Having a purpose and reason to train is a great way to start building healthy habits. Once you have the habit set it will be a lot easier for you to stick to your wellness routine and not see it as a chore.

Check in with yourself regularly

This isn’t just for fitness, it is for life. Be it weekly or monthly, check in with yourself. Write down how you are feeling, what you are proud of this month and what you want to do better. It is a great way to keep yourself accountable and on track, not to mention to monitor and celebrate your progress. Checking in is underrated and people should be doing it much more often.

Ben Lucas is a celebrity trainer and the Director of Flow Athletic and FlowAthletic TV