How to stay motivated to exercise during the winter months

It’s so frustrating that winter is the exact time when you actually want to prep your summer beach body but just have no will to get up early in the morning to exercise! And, we all know if you don’t do it first thing, things often get in the way and before you know it, the day is over.

To add to this dilemma, who wants to drink icy cold healthy smoothies when it’s freezing outside…no thanks! Chocolate, pizza, and a movie, thank you very much.

Staying in shape during winter is hard. There’s no denying that.

Since we already suffer from a lack of vitamin D during winter, it’s understandable that we feel kind of “bleh” and unmotivated to do anything.

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The benefits of joining a gym class

Winter is here in full force, and no one can deny that the change of the seasons comes with its own peculiar set of challenges.

For the next few months, getting out of bed in the morning could just as well be classified as a full-blown recurring trauma, and Sunday mornings are no longer spent lying on the beach basking in the sun, but rather curling up in front of the fireplace savouring the comforting glow of Netflix or Showmax.

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Basic Steps to getting Muscle Definition

It’s no good spending tedious hours in the gym and then becoming only skin and bones. What most of us are aiming for is getting lean, or bulking up, and getting toned.

What you also don’t want to be is one big heap of muscle but no one can see where one muscle ends and the other one starts.

Luckily, muscle definition isn’t a very complex concept: as you gain muscle and lose fat, your muscle definition increases. In simple terms, it’s the combination of developed muscles with a low(ish) body fat percentage.

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Things to look for when deciding on a gym

You’ve decided to get back in shape and join a health club, or perhaps your current one is not doing it for you anymore and it’s time for a change.

“Whatever the case, choosing a new gym is much like deciding on a new car or property. There’s many variables that come into play, and what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for the next,” says Pierre Louw, owner of online business My Health and Fitness.

Sounds hectic, right? Fear not! This guide covers everything you need to bear in mind when gym-hunting.

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Full body workouts and split routines

Whether you’ve been working out at the gym for a while or are just starting out, establishing a routine and mission in order to achieve your goals remains a hurdle. At first. Your main mission is probably to shed a few kilos and put on a bit of lean muscle, whereas when you have been at it for a while, strength and conditioning starts to take priority. Consequently you begin to adapt your workout routine accordingly.

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When it’s time to get a personal trainer

You’ve been going to the gym diligently since the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018, and for the first few months things have been going great. You probably lost a few kilos, gained lean muscle, became fitter and felt more energetic and could finally fit into those tight jeans that have been lying in the back of your closet for a year.

But now, for some reason, things have stopped progressing. And for the life of you, you can’t figure out what that reason is.

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How to build killer legs

Legs. They make up half of your body, yet when you visit the weightlifting area of a gym, you see so many lifters with perfectly toned upper bodies but underdeveloped lower bodies. How can this be?

Read on to find out how to build a solid pair of legs in the gym, and why it should be on your priority list.

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Cracking the code to a killer core

Do you also have such a love-hate relationship with your core? Why do abs have to be such hard work and why, oh, why does it have to be so painful?

The thing is, our core is much more important than simply the sexy six-pack we all long for. The core isn’t just one muscle either. In reality, it’s a rather complex physiological situation that is actually meant to help stabilise your spine – not just look gorgeous in a bather.

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