Fitness & workouts

How to move forward with your fitness plan when the clocks go back

With the clocks going back an hour this weekend, here's how to keep your FitPoints® momentum going.

With shorter daylight hours just around the corner, squeezing in an outdoor workout may feel trickier, especially if you like to exercise early in the morning or after work.

Up until now, you might have enjoyed a brisk morning walk in the crisp autumn sunshine, or an early evening stroll in the final hours of dusky daylight. However, as we prepare to wind our clocks back this weekend, that's all about to change. (On the bright side, we get an extra hour in bed!)

Our mornings and evenings may be getting darker, but that doesn't mean we have to put our fitness plans on hold. Here's how to keep the momentum going this autumn and winter:

1) Try on-demand home workouts

We're (understandably) less keen to leave the house during the colder and darker months of the year, and the good new is, with video and audio workouts available in the WW app, you don't have to! Check out FitOn and Aaptiv via your My Day screen.

2) Livestream home workouts

Have you joined a WW Live virtual experience yet? From cookalongs to live workouts including Pilates and dance fitness, there's something for everyone to enjoy, and all from the comfort of home! Scroll down to the bottom of this page to join our Healthy Body Healthy Mind group in Connect - it's the place to be if you want to work out with an expert instructor alongside members of the WW community.

3) Sign up for an indoor exercise class*

If you'd prefer some in-person action, there are bound to be indoor exercise classes near you. From relaxing yoga to upbeat Clubbercise, there are a whole range of fun activities out there for you to try.

4) Join an outdoor exercise class*

If you don't mind the cold (or coming home covered in mud!), try joining an outdoor class, like bootcamp or Boxercise. You might find you're more motivated to work out in a group than you would be alone, plus your heart rate will jump up so quickly you won't notice the cold!

5) Make the most of the weekends

With less daylight in the mornings and evenings, aim to spend time outdoors at the weekend, whether that's going for a walk or simply getting out and about.

Remember to check with your GP before starting a new exercise programme.

*A note on COVID-19 restrictions: Remember to check government guidelines and local restrictions before signing up to a new exercise class. You can see the latest government guidance here.