TomTom highlights some of the latest fitness trends that are perfect to help you beat the winter pudge

 

The thought of getting out of bed on a chilly winter morning to head to a spin class or go for a run leaves even the most enthusiastic gym-goer feeling a little unmotivated, making it difficult to maintain a fitness routine in the colder months. 

 

However, with so many new workout, health and diet trends emerging in response to different people’s needs, staying on track and beating the winter pudge is a lot easier. TomTom, a global leader in wearable fitness technology, shares insight into the latest health and fitness trends to get you up and moving – no matter what the weather!

 

  • Body-weight training

Body-weight training is an effective way to keep fit during winter, allowing you to achieve great results without having to use exercise equipment. Not only does it allow you to work out for free, it’s also a great way to strengthen your core no matter where you are. Start with a set of push-ups to increase arm strength and endurance, followed by squats for all-round body conditioning. You can also invest in a door frame pull-up bar if you’re really committed to building a fitness-friendly workout space in at home, or try a few ‘ab rollouts’ using an ab roller at the gym. 

 

  • Working out in good company

Group training is already a popular way to stay motivated, improve performance and achieve better results, but offers many benefits for those looking to maintain an effective winter workout routine. Working out with others is mutually beneficial, and encourages you to remain accountable for achieving workout goals. With each person bringing their own level of fitness to the group, everyone is either encouraged to up their game to keep up, or take on the role of motivating others to keep up with them. Layer up and go out for a run together, or meet at a nearby park for a group cardio or body-conditioning session for a more effective and enjoyable winter workout. 

 

You can also join your local TomTom Athletics Club, a group fitness programme established by John Hamlett. 

 

  • Get the latest fitness tech on your wrist 

While wearable tech is by no means a new trend, the latest devices feature technology that offer better accuracy and variety of new and useful features. The TomTom Touch fitness tracker has a body composition feature which tracks body fat and muscle percentages, allowing you to set goals and adjust your workout according to daily, weekly and monthly reports, which you can view on TomTom’s nifty new app for iOS and android. Monitor your progress and stay motivated everyday with the Touch, which you can also wear during workouts to track your heart rate. 

 

  • Change your eating patterns

Winter is the most difficult time of the year to stick to a healthy diet, especially since a warm, doughy, cheesy pizza is far more appealing than a bowl of salad in cold weather. However, there are many diet trends to try this winter to help take your mind off the allure of comfort food. Many people are trying ‘souping’, a popular diet trend similar to the juicing trend of 2016, which is also ideal for beating the winter chill this year – just be sure that you’re consuming enough calories for the day for sustained energy and to prevent muscle loss in the process. Others are opting for high-protein, low-carb diets, such as the Banting and Paleo diets, to help with weight-loss and the treatment of various medical conditions too. Remember to consult with a medical practitioner before making any serious dietary changes.

 

  • Try one of the latest Yoga class crazes 

A quick 15-minute yoga session before heading off to work is just what you need to get the day started off on a healthy, positive note, and may even help motivate you to keep fitness top of mind for the remainder of the day. Opt for a short vinyasa class, or go for a full mind and body-centring 90-minute session if you prefer, using online yoga guides or videos as your personal home yoga instructor. Simply find a quiet spot in the house where you won’t be disturbed, and spend some time focused on yourself for as long as you need to. You can also sign up for a range of yoga classes, including Hot Yoga, Aerial Yoga and Wall Rope Yoga – committing to weekly classes is a great way to keep on track with fitness too. 

 

  • Try ‘desk-ercising’

Many studies have shown that prolonged sitting can be harmful to overall health – it’s even been said that ‘sitting is the new smoking’. However, there’s no reason why you can’t exercise while you work to combat the stress your body endures from sitting at your desk all day. Many people who are stuck at their desk for hours on end are cottoning on to the ‘desk-ercise’ trend, and it’s as easy as setting reminders on your phone to get up and walk around more, or (if you’re serious about fitness) popping up out of your chair to run on the spot for a few minutes. While it may seem insignificant, taking a few minutes to exercise at or near your desk is just what the body needs to prevent exhaustion and a range of other health risks – and best of all, you don’t even have to go outside to do it!

SIX HEALTH AND FITNESS TRENDS TO TRY THIS WINTER WITH TOMTOM

Anyone can stay on track with fitness goals and maintain overall health and wellbeing, even during winter, with these top health and fitness tips from TomTom. Visit www.tomtom.com for more information on devices designed to help you stay motivated and throughout the year.

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