|At least we don't have to fight winters like other places....here is the Ukriane|
|My first attempts at Lumberjack Training|
-First and foremost, stay active. We all go to the gym and beat our bodies up because we know it makes us feel better. I know, even when I have a migraine brewing, if I go to the gym and get a mediocre workout in I will ultimately feel better throughout the day, most of the time beating the headache all together. Keeping a 3-5 day workout week throughout the winter months will provide you more energy and keep your fitness moving in the right direction.
-Think about nutrition ahead of time. It may be hard to find fruits that are inexpensive and even good this time of year. That's ok. There are still plenty of meats, vegetables and good fats out there to keep our waistlines down and our energy up. Remember the grains, sugars and too much starches are drains on your body's energy and on your fitness. So keep those to a minimum.
Stay warm. When working out in colder weather I always keep a long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt on until I start to sweat adequately. Then as soon as the workout is over I throw it back on to keep my body warm and let my body start recovering instead of worrying about fighting off the cold.
-Get plenty of sleep and rest. But when it's time to get up, get up and be active. I'm always up for a good lazy night at home watching a movie with the wife and kids, but it's easy to get stuck in that groove for too long this time of year. "Earn" those moments by doing something active in the daytime.
-Get social to stay positive. One of the things that The Compound allows is social interaction and competition through the workouts. Look at the Leader boards and the gym and give yourself some goals. This social aspect of training will keep you accountable to someone else other than yourself and provide a little more motivation to get in and train.
The winter is a brief season, but it can quickly become a hindrance to our fitness goals. Try to work through them this year and see what kind of progress we can make.