As a season, winter does not lend itself well to keeping up healthy diet and exercise habits. The cold, drizzly weather outside is not the most inspiring scenery for a jog or bike ride and when there’s a chill in the air it’s easy to overindulge on stodgy winter warmers. It doesn’t help that when you spend your days rugged up under layers of jumpers and jackets, it’s easy to forget all about how you look underneath (until swimsuit season rolls back around).
If you’re finding yourself in a seasonal slump, tech is here to help. So if you’re feeling like it’s time to wake up from hibernation and switch out those fuzzy slippers for sneakers, here are some of our tips to get back on track.
Track your progress with pictures
They say seeing is believing, and what greater motivator is there than to visually document your progress along your fitness journey. These days almost every mobile phone has a camera, so it’s easy to take some snaps and get the ball rolling. A selfie only takes a second, and it will help keep you honest and sticking to your fitness goals. Looking back on how your body has transformed will make you more excited to maintain the new you.
Sign up for charity fitness event
A friend of mine recently ran a massive 42.2km marathon and raised over $3k for charity! How could you possibly slack off when your friends and family are financially backing you to achieve your fitness goals, and your charity of choice is depending on you?
So you may be thinking: that’s a good idea, but what does it have to do with tech? Well, technology has made it easier than ever to set up a fundraising goal and send it out to the masses. My friend used a website called everydayhero.com/au to raise the money for his marathon run. Websites like this simplify the process of fundraising, by letting you make one easy-to-access page, explaining your goal, the amount you want to raise and why, which you can then share on social media to find potential donators. You can see how much people have donated and they can even leave motivational comments for you.
Use apps to your advantage
Turn your smartphone into your personal motivator with apps. If the cold, dark mornings of winter keep you snug in bed, hitting the snooze button over and over, maybe a zombie apocalypse is what you need to kick into gear. Get up and run for your life with Zombies, Run!, an app available on both Android and iOS that puts you in the middle of a terrifying zombie chase. The app is essentially a game you play while out on a jog: using GPS technology, the app tracks your run and motivates you to keep going with an audio track which includes the sounds of approaching zombies chasing you and commentary about the plot and your game “missions”. The sound of groaning, brain-hungry zombies on your tail is sure to get you running like a bat out of hell.
Sometimes the only inspiration comes in the form of an investment. Splashing out on a speccy fitness tracker will see you actually using it in order to justify the spend. From slim and stylish fitness bands like the Jawbone UP3 to cool smart watches like the FitBit Blaze, wearables can be a bit pricey, but with the ability to collect stats on your fitness regime and encourage you towards your fitness goals, they can be a worthwhile investment.
Do you have any tips on how to get up and moving even when the weather is frightful? Let us know in the comments below.