Some days, it can be hard to find the motivation to get outside and exercise.
And getting off the couch and into the gym during the dark, gloomy months of winter tends to make the activity even harder. But Jillian Michaels, health and wellness expert and creator of The Fitness App by Jillian Michaels, insists shorter days don't have to mean quick workouts, or perhaps even no exercise at all.
Read on for her top tips for turning up the heat on your fitness routine this season.
Update your playlist
Jillian suggests including a variety of upbeat and fast-paced tunes on your playlist to help get you pumped!
"A simple way to boost your energy is to make yourself a workout playlist of banging tunes," she insisted. "As soon as you hear the music, there is no way you won't be motivated to move."
Join a fitness community
Whether you opt for a gym membership or prefer a fitness app, the process of signing up and buying something makes most people feel obligated to use it. In addition, you will be able to connect with like-minded gymgoers and fitness instructors.
"The Fitness App has an incredibly supportive community of people that are constantly holding each other accountable and motivating one another to move," the world-renowned personal trainer commented. "Plus, there are many free Facebook groups if you can't afford an app. I even have one -The Jillian Michaels Facebook community - and everyone in there is constantly cheering each other on and challenging each other to exercise."
Get your gear ready
Prep all your kit, clothes, and food the day before so you can get up and go.
"Get yourself some super cute fitness gear. I know this sounds silly, but it's like having a new outfit and wanting to wear it out to dinner. Every little bit counts," she smiled.
Check-in with social media
It's a good idea to follow influencers who inspire you to get fit and stay fit.
"Again, I love Facebook groups for this. I find some social media can make people feel insecure and overwhelmed, but these groups aren't about showing off or acting like you're living your best life. It's like-minded people looking for friends and support," noted Jillian.
Embrace the cold
Winter is no different than any month of the year with the exception of outdoor activities.
"Anything you love in the other months you can still do in the gym or at home. However, you might not be surfing, kayaking, biking if you live in colder parts of the world - but I would encourage you to cross-country ski, snowboard, snowshoe, or ice skate. There are plenty of fun outdoor activities you can add to your routine if you love training outside," the expert added.