Alas, we've reached that time of year again. It's dark when you wake up and dark when you leave work, and the last thing you want to do is spend any more time outdoors than you reasonably have to. Even those of us who have maintained a pretty descent fitness regime over the summer are starting to cancel early morning bootcamp sessions or refuse offers to jog home. Having started her first fashion business at the age of 15 and a personal training consultancy aged 18, 23-year-old fashion designer and personal trainer Charli Cohen is one of the hardest working fitness fanatics around. Her knowledge of high-performance sportswear and expert tips for staying motivated come rain or shine will have you back on track in no time (even if said track is indoors)…
1. Plan indoor alternatives.
If your training is primarily outdoors, anticipate those days when a 6am run through horizontal sleet is going to seem less appealing than staying in bed. Decide now what the substitutions are going to be, whether it’s a gym-modified version of your usual workout, a great class or an ass-kicking DVD you can do from the comfort of your sitting room.
2. Healthy comfort food.
Cold weather and comfort food go hand in hand and of course there’s more of it around than ever through the Holiday Season. So prepare for this and establish some healthier versions of your favourite seasonal treats. The Internet is full of amazing (and easy) recipes to try out – there’s no excuse not to get creative!
3. Set new goals.
Don’t leave it until New Year to re-evaluate your fitness and body goals. Set yourself some clear goals for the winter months, whether it’s signing up for a race, scheduling a winter sports break, or buying that dress for the party season to keep you motivated and on track.
4. Get travel-smart.
The Holidays inevitably mean travelling, gym closures and general difficulty sticking to your regular training schedule. While it’s perfectly healthy to take a bit of time off, it’s all too easy for a week to turn into a month or three. A quick and intense bodyweight or resistance band circuit is a great travel-friendly option that enables you to keep up your training at home or on-the-go. If you’re unsure about putting together your own routine, try one of the many apps for this (I particularly like You Are Your Own Gym and 7 Minute Workout).
5. New kit.
I may be biased here but I honestly think there’s little more motivating than new workout gear! Treat yourself to some fun thermal baselayers or a stylish winter training jacket to get you excited about your cold-weather workouts.
Charli Cohen has just launched The CC Effect - a Kickstarter project to help fund her first pop-up shop. Backers can pledge towards a total of £30k in 30 days, but if the goal isn't achieved within the time limit all pledges will be returned and the project will be unable to go ahead. Visit The CC Effect Kickstarter page to find out more, treat yourself to Charli Cohen exclusives and help the designer take her luxury sportswear designs to market.