As the days get colder, a lot of us may be starting to feel a bit unmotivated when it comes to staying active.
We sat down with fitness guru and longtime friend of the SN Team, Megan Roup to discuss staying fit for winter and how to avoid falling into the trap of the “winter bod”. She recently launched her app, The Sculpt Society, which is a dance based fitness method that give you a full body workout in less than an hour. Not a dancer? She simplifies dance cardio so that anyone at any level can follow along with and feel successful, plus she mixes in super effective sculpting combos that will have you feeling all the right places the next day. It is the perfect workout to stream from home on those freezing cold days ahead. Check out her tips on staying fit this season below.
Q: What is your best advice on how to stay fit during the winter?
A: Find a workout you truly enjoy. You never want to dread working out… it should be something you incorporate into your schedule that you look forward to doing. Dance cardio is a great option because it increases endorphin levels, which is especially important when it’s cold outside!
Q: How do you stay motivated in the colder months when you can layer up and not worry about spending your days in a swimsuit?
A: Find a community and a workout friend that can help you stay accountable. Find that something you really enjoy and don’t overthink it! No matter what the season it is getting active is something that you should look forward to. Being a part of a community really helps with that. In the winter months it can be super hard to get up and get going to a class early. Luckily, with The Sculpt Society App, you can stream workouts anywhere. Perfect for travel, if you’re pressed for time, or when it’s still dark and cold outside.
Q: What is your best advice for staying on top of working out with a busy schedule?
A: Scheduling! This will create a habit that you don’t feel overwhelmed by. When it comes to working out, people tend to believe that they have to work out every single day when that is not the case. If you’re starting a workout regimen for the first time, start by working out 2-3 times a week… there is no need to go from 0-100!
Q: How often should a person be working out per week? Is it true that diet is more important than exercise?
A: If you are already very active, I would suggest 4-6 times per week. If working out isn’t a part of your daily routine already, 2-3 times per week is great. Keep in mind that everyday can be different… one day you can do 10 min of sculpting and the next you can do a 50min full body. It can change! The truth is keeping up with the habit is what will really change your body’s chemistry. Working out really helps you mentally, and in my opinion, there is no substitute for exercise. As humans, our bodies are meant to move.
In terms of diet vs. exercise… diet has a lot to do with weight loss, but of course exercise helps! My general “diet” philosophy is to eat intuitively and listen to my body. There is no trick or magic pill. It’s about eating real food and tuning in to make sure I am not eating because I am bored, anxious, or stressed, but because I am actually hungry. As seasons change I tend to crave different things. In the winter, I tend to crave warmer, hearty food, which is ok!