Why You Should Bring Outdoor Training Indoors In The Winter

It’s great to train in the heat of summer, running, cycling or working out with the sun beating down and the cool breeze gently spurring you on to do just one more set, rep or mile. But what about when it’s over? The sun no longer visits as regularly. And the blue skies are swapped for a palette of grey and black – when that happens, it’s time to move indoors.


Why You Should Train Indoors

The descent into the autumn and winter months brings with it darkness. A higher chance of miserable weather like rain and high winds. And let’s not forget those bitterly cold temperatures which are often below freezing in the morning. It’s not pleasant or pretty and it can often impact your motivation to train. 

Whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, the weather can have an impact on your training plan. Getting up in the morning to the sound of rain hitting your window or coming in from a day of work, cold, can make it difficult mentally to convince yourself that training outside for any length of time is worth it. But with the facilities on offer at a climate-controlled gym these days means that you no longer have to. Everything that you want to achieve you still can. Without the need for venturing into the cold, dark winter weather.


Your Body Works Better In The Warm

We’ve all seen the training montages of Rocky working up a sweat in the cold to prepare for his next fight, but is it beneficial to train outdoors in cold temperatures? In short, it’s not.

While there are minimal advantages, the cold weather leaves you open to injury in muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints.  If your warm-up isn’t thorough, your workout is not intense enough or if you don’t have the correct clothing on. Working out inside in a climate-controlled environment will mean that you don’t have to worry about this. Training indoors during the winter will allow you to focus on your workout. And allow your muscles to be at optimum performance, allowing you to focus on your workout and not on how many layers you’re wearing or whether the next cloud is the one that will bring the downpour.

Man running on treadmill at Gym Plu

All Workouts Can Be Done Inside

There’s no limit on what type of workout can be done inside during the bleakest months of the year. From cycling, running, swimming, rowing and so much more, the equipment at gyms are so technologically advanced and sophisticated that you no longer have to put up with the unpredictability of the outdoors.

It’s not just about weather, but safety as well. One wrong turn or movement on slippery surfaces can mean ending up on the pavement or even worse the road, increasing the risk of an accident and putting you in harm’s way. Working out in the gym is safer for you and others, so why not bring your outdoor workouts inside?

Athletic man using rowing machine

Work Indoors at Gym Plus

With all the facilities you’ll ever need for working out through the winter at all of our Gym Plus locations, you won’t skip a beat during the grey skies of the latter half of the year. Surround yourself with the warm smiles and friendly faces of our teams and members, plus a climate-controlled environment to enjoy. What are you waiting for? Find out more at www.gymplus.ie.


Written by Craig Shields


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