BJJ Endorphin boost: how to stay happy and warm during the winter

After a long day at work, all you might want to do is go home and cozy up in front of a nice fire. However, there is another way to stay warm this winter – exercising. It promotes the release of endorphins. And we all know how hard we exercise during BJJ training.

Endorphins are neurotransmitters which aid in the feeling of pain relief. But that’s not all! Endorphins are also linked to feelings of happiness, change in appetite, memory, and controlling body temperature. The release of endorphins has also been shown to lower blood pressure and to improve the immune system. All of which are beneficial but especially during those cold winter months when we might need a little extra motivation to get out and about.

Some people tend to slack off with their BJJ training during the colder months, but do not let this happen to you. Staying motivated during winter can be easy, and with the help of these simple tips, you won’t see the holiday pounds around your waist this Christmas nor put your next belt on hold.

Maintaining Motivation
You might find it easy to stay motivated if you pencil in a time for your training. This way you have set an appropriate time when you know you can exercise.

Call a Friend
Arranging to train with a friend or family member is great motivation, during any season, because you do not want to let the other person down. Encouraging each other will support and motivate you both to keep going on those cold, dark days.

Set Goals
Setting a spring goal in the winter time keeps you motivated because it gives you something to focus on and work towards. Be it your next stripe, next belt, a competition or just being able to fit into those old clothes that are a bit snug. Keep the goal in your mind and work towards it. However, it is important to be realistic about the goals you are setting to stay motivated.

Keep those holiday pounds off
We all know over the winter months there are a few parties and extra eating/drinking. However, by continuously exercising you don’t have to feel so guilty about consuming those extra calories. Use the prosperity of gaining those extra pounds as motivation to do a workout.

So, don’t forget: commit to your BJJ training plan, release endorphins and stay happy!


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