Ireland is potentially facing into more restrictions, and many of us still haven’t shifted the pounds we gained during the first lockdown.
But if you’re struggling to lose weight, don’t worry – Ben Walker, personal trainer and owner of Anywhere Fitness, has some advice for you.
He shared his top tips for motivating yourself to exercise, even when it’s cold, dark or wet outside and you can’t go to the gym.
“Going into the winter, my first fitness tip would be to invest in fitness equipment that is almost weightless and multi purpose,” he said.
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“The lighter the equipment, the less expensive it tends to be. It also increases motivation and accountability as it’s easy to carry around anywhere at any time.
“If you’re walking to the local park, you don’t want to be discouraged by carrying too much weight getting there. This avoids making excuses when skipping on your workout. Light equipment also makes it easy to move your workout from a dark to a well lit area if training in the evening.
He added: “Parks and playgrounds are great places for using your multi purpose equipment. Try and pick a place that has benches and bars to get the most out of resistance bands and light dumbbells while performing the rest of your exercises on the grass or exercise mat.
“Using all the apparatus you have in a local park, you can complete a full body workout. Benches are great for doing step ups, tricep dips and modifying cardio exercises to make them easier such as burpees, jump squats, mountain climbers etc.
“Bars are great for helping with lunges, pull ups, push ups and many other exercises. Bars and benches can also be used to tie your resistance bands and work more muscle groups and make your dumbbell exercises more dynamic.”
He explained that keeping your workouts “dynamic” is important, especially coming into winter.
“Not only does it keep you functional and burn extra calories, it will also keep you warmed up if training outdoors in the evening,” he said.
“Designating yourself in one of these zones helps to keep social distancing while doing everything you need. Check out my 30 Day Cardio Challenge for a complete programme with 12 full body workouts. All you need is to find a park close to home with a bench and a bar!”
And his number one weight loss tip?
“My number one weight loss tip is to keep hydrated and keep drinking lots of water despite being outside in cool conditions. Water boosts your metabolism, blood flow and rids toxins faster from the body.
“It also acts as an appetite suppressant so you’re not tempted to eat excess calories throughout the day.”
“My second tip would be to layer up the right way when training in the evening. Make sure to wear sweat wicking clothes that are made from synthetic fibers like polyester and avoid wearing too much cotton.
“Wearing too much cotton makes your clothes heavy after sweating and traps the moisture so it’s harder for your body to breathe. Choose bright colours to stay safe from vehicles as well as social distancing.”