How to make the most of winter training

It’s definitely that time of year, off to work in the rain and driving home in the dark!  Winter training takes on a different feel and is often a time of year for changing the approach slightly.  This can be a good thing as any work done now will be realised in spring.  Here’s how…

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Get in the gym

This is a perfect time of year for workouts in the dry, warm, cosy gym.  The gym is a good environment for controlled training such as strength training or specific cardio intervals.  Most importantly put together a workout that is specific  to your goals.  This way of course it will be time well spent as well as motivating, which is definitely the most important factor.

Work on your weaknesses

Whatever your goals or sport winter time can be a good time to work on weaknesses.  Again this may come back to strength training in the gym or it may another specific element of fitness that we tend to avoid.  An example here as a runner may be running hills or speed work.  These elements can easily be covered in shorter sharper sessions especially when the weather is naff.

Build your base

Another specific element is endurance or base training.  This is the bodies ability to tick over at a low level often around 60-65% effort.  This builds your base fitness and come spring offers a decent foundation for more speed work.

Stay healthy

Finally look after your body.  Avoid late night binges on stodge, multiple Christmas blowouts and central heating!  There are lots of viruses flying around this time of year so it’s important to simply stay healthy.  Eat plenty of antioxidants, reduce training if you’re feeling run down and get plenty of sleep.  This is a key part of getting through the winter.

 

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