Winter Workout Top Tips

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This morning I awoke to nothing but darkness and rain. Not the most motivational scene to wake up to, I can tell you that for free. Dragging myself out of bed seemed so much more difficult than it did a few weeks ago. As I embark on my first Winter as a member of the 6am morning workout club, I thought it was a good idea to get myself both mentally and physically prepared for the task ahead with a few top tips;


1. Snuggle longer

I know it sounds like a no-brainer right? But head to bed earlier because it’s only gonna get harder as the mornings get colder, wetter and darker. So don’t procrastinate in the evenings, get the dinner cooked, breakfast prepped and your gym bag packed ready to curl up in bed with a good book before drifting off. Aim for around 15 minutes earlier each week over the course of the next 4 to 6 weeks.


2. Dress smart

If your partial to an early morning jog or a post work sprint in the great out doors you’re going to want to dress to the conditions. You’re going to need base layers to begin with and the best ones are made of synthetic fabric, like polypropylene or capilene, or even silk. Try to stay away from cotton as this tends to hold on to water. As the temperature drops throughout the season the next step is a middle layer fleece and depending how cold it is, hats and gloves may also be required. And finally as we know England is going to get exceptionally wet over the next few months so we’re going to need some protection from the elements, Nylon and gore-tex windbreakers are the best to go for.

If like me an out door workout is a rarity but just the thought of the could gym is enough to leave you cowering in the changing room like a little baby, a long sleeve but breathable mesh fabric like this Lorna Jane top from Active In Style is perfect for avoiding any such embarrassing moments.


3. Goals & Rewards

Set a goal whether it’s to lose a stone by spring or to have a 6 pack by bikini season – Set it, Stick to it and reward yourself (no not with chocolate) as you edge ever closer to meeting it each month. You’d be surprised by how fast you will run with a new pair of Louboutins on the cards.


4. Don’t get lost in your layers

I am always cold, if its not 30 degrees I’ve got my portable heater on and a hat, scarf and chunky knit in my car, you know, just in case! But it’s easy to lose your body under the endless layers and options of over priced knitwear during the cold months only for it to resurface come June and you’ve somehow become your mother. So try not to pile them on every day, opting for finer, fitted knits and thermal tights  so you are always aware of your the changes in your body.


5. When you just cant…

We all have the mornings when we “just can’t” or we hit the snooze button a few too many times. Don’t beat yourself up over it, that doesn’t burn calories! Opt for something a little less intense, when I have these days I dust off my yoga mat and embrace some muscle toning yoga in the sparebedroom to start my day. Something is always better than nothing.



Lorna Jane Top – c/o ActiveInStyle     Lorna Jane Leggings – c/o ActiveInStyle    Lorna Jane Socks – c/o ActiveInStyle    Headphones – Frends     Trainers – Nike 


  1. Kate 1st September 2014 / 12:43 pm

    HEy lydia if you don’t mind me asking how come you have never mention your mum?

    • lydia 1st September 2014 / 12:45 pm

      Hi Kate,
      I don’t have a relationship with my mum therefore you will only ever hear me speak of my dad.

  2. Cheryl 1st September 2014 / 1:00 pm

    Your style is amazing! Am I right in thinking that you’re wearing Lorna Jane? Your top is gorgeous! X

    • lydia 1st September 2014 / 2:10 pm

      Head to toe Lorna Jane from ActiveInStyle 🙂 xx

      • Cheryl 1st September 2014 / 6:35 pm

        Thank you! Xxx

  3. (Another) kate 1st September 2014 / 2:00 pm

    That was a rude question!
    Just wondering, do you think an early morning workout is more beneficial than an afternoon one? xx

    • lydia 1st September 2014 / 2:09 pm

      Haha! She’s probably young and doesn’t understand what shes saying!
      For me I think it is, but it depends on your lifestyle. I no longer have time to work out in the evenings so I have to make time in the morning, You’d be so surprised by how amazing it is to just relax after a days work without thinking “I still have to go to the gym!”

      Lydia x

      • Emily 20th October 2014 / 3:41 pm

        my goodness this is so true, I am struggling really badly at getting up at the moment but my workouts have dropped so much recently as I just dont have time in the evenings and sometimes I just want to go home, have a hot shower and relax! How do I crack the getting up in the morning? I am 30 in December and want to lose a stone and feel fab and look good in my party dress haha!! xx

  4. Leila 1st September 2014 / 5:19 pm

    Lydia, what time to u get up when u work out in the mornings and what time u go to the bed? Do u work during the day and have the energy to stay up all the day?
    I get so motivated when I read ur blog 🙂 Please give some tips .

    • lydia 2nd September 2014 / 8:55 am

      Hi Leila (beautiful name!)
      I get up at 5:10am and make myself the strongest black coffee ever! I try to be in bed at the latest 10:30pm but I struggle with my sleep a lot. Some weeks I can sleep fine and others I’m lucky if I sleep at all but I try my best to go even if I’m having a bad week because not going isn’t going to make me sleep any better so I have to grin and bare it! I work during the day but its at a desk at home but its always got to be treated like a normal office. I love feeling shattered at night and just snuggling down with a book and a mug of chamomile tea.
      I hope this helps

      Lydia x

  5. taylor Rayner-Palmer 2nd September 2014 / 1:03 am

    Little posts like these are perfect as a motivator to get fit. I just turned 22 & it really hit me as I was walking up a bunch of stairs how unfit I really am & that made me change my perspective, I’m currently going for walks/runs every second day & as I get good at that I’ll start doing other things. I live in Australia & we have just passed Winter but if you flip these tips to work for Summer (or the warmer months) they are perfect. Thank you so much Lydia!

  6. Claudia 2nd September 2014 / 10:01 am

    I was going to workout this morning but I just didn’t have the energy. I’m going to do it after my first day at work though, something is always better than nothing as you said! Love the outfit you’re wearing.

  7. Lucia 2nd September 2014 / 1:10 pm

    These are great tips, I’ve just started running with my flatmate so these are perfect for the upcoming season. Thanks Lydia, looking amazing as always! xx

    • lydia 2nd September 2014 / 3:46 pm

      Thank you Lucia <3

  8. Vicki ball 2nd September 2014 / 10:06 pm

    I’ve recently started reading your blog shortly before I was advised by my trainer to start exercising in the morning! It’s been great to read your updates since you changed your routine also, just hope I can keep the motivation to keep waking up early!

    Love the headphones


  9. Ella 16th September 2014 / 9:12 pm

    love this blogpost! do you have any tips for getting up earlier in the morning? i’d like to start doing stretches in the mornings to wake me up, also what stretches do you recommend?

  10. natalie mcquade 13th November 2014 / 12:53 am


    Was wondering if could help me i have be doing Insanity 2 days a weeks and bootcamp 1 day a week for a few mouths now i what lose about stone so i want to know what would be best think too do too aim towards getting 6 pack and tone for next summer??

    Natalie Xxx

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