A fitness regime needn't be as gruelling as it sounds. Use the seasons as an excuse to change things up and try new activities.
With Brit Natalie Powell currently 2nd in the world rankings for the under 78 kg weight category, it's a good incentive for women of the UK to be following in her footsteps!
As it gets colder and darker, why not ditch the outdoor fitness endeavours in favour of some indoor judo practice. Also, you look to burn a whopping 700-1100 calories each session! (*signs up straightaway).
If you have experience of, or have ever watched anyone pole dancing, then you will be aware the core strength it requires. This fun and physically challenging activity is perfect for the colder months, when indoor activities are preferred.
If you haven't done it before then it's a great opportunity to try something completely different, meet new people and push you and your body out of it's comfort zone.
While you might be tempted to stay out of the cold as much as possible, getting outside and embracing the elements can be extremely invigorating. It's a chance to immerse yourself in nature and increase your awareness of what's going on in the natural world at this time of year.
Studies have shown that exercising outside is not only good for your physical health, but it also boosts your mood and sense of wellbeing. No excuses! Plan a route that inspires you and then use the fitness app, Strava, to track your progress.
Indoor swimming is a refreshing and uplifting activity when it's cold and gloomy outside. Especially if the pool you attend also has a sauna or a steam room, which can be extremely beneficial for the body during the winter when you tend to sweat less. Pushing yourself to do as many lengths as possible is amazing for fitness, elongating the muscles and relieving tension.
If the abs on this woman isn't enough to inspire you, then here are a few more reasons why you should pick up some gloves and get yourself down to the nearest boxing club.
Boxing is one of the most physically challenging sports there is, working every muscle group in the body and pushing cardio levels to the max. Brilliant if you want to rapidly improve your fitness, or need to release some pent up frustration! (*signs up straightaway).