Winter Fitness Motivation
Tips to Motivate Yourself to Exercise In Winter
How to stay fit during the winter and not let your fitness goals hibernate because of the cold because lets face it, all we really want to do is race back home get in the warmth and hibernate often involving snacks and goodies munching our way through the boredom and cold !! It can be oh so tempting to snuggle up in front of the TV every night .... so even if you dread dragging yourself to the gym during the colder months, just remember that summer's not too far away and all the hard work you put in will pay dividends when the sun is shining.
So here’s some ways I use that you can help keep yourself motivated and moving!
1. Make a plan…Decide what you want to do daily and stick to it ... A lack of planning leads to a lack of exercise it’s so easy to get stuck at home pondering what to do then thinking nope I’ll go tomorrow
2. Train indoors....If your struggling with dark nights and feel unsure, you can even train at home maybe switching from a 30-minute run to a 20-minute HIIT session, which can be just body weight exercises so no equipment needed so can do at home.
3. Book a class or get a trainer…Sometimes you have to set that training session in stone to keep your progress on track. Having the knowledge that you’re letting someone down will help get that butt moving.
4. Get a workout buddy or group of friends…Everyone needs a friend to pick you up when you’re down, tell you how great you’re doing or drag your lazy ass to the gym when you can’t be bothered! Getting a workout buddy who has similar goals is a great way to stay motivated throughout the winter. It will reduce the chance of you skipping a workout when you don’t really feel like it.
5. Learn a new sport or skill…Guys try something new to spice things up a little and have some fun, not only is this a great excuse to meet new people and get social, but there is also the great sense of accomplishment that comes with learning something new.
6. Remind yourself why it’s important…You're working out because you have a goal – it could be to be fitter, faster, leaner, stronger etc. You’re working out to feel mentally stronger remember it’s about the mind also if it’s not making you happy then change what your doing.
7. Set your self a challenge…Setting yourself a challenge or signing up for a charity event...Why not do a good deed and get fit at the same time? It’s a double bonus not only do you contribute to a cause you believe in but also keep you on the straight and narrow when it comes to your training. Knowing that you have so many people relying on you.
8. Update your playlist...I love my music and music is a great motivator and can help to distract you from fatigue. So make sure it’s relevant to you and suitable for the types of exercise your doing ... no amount of Adele will get you kicking ass on a circuits workout just like dance music wouldn’t keep you calm on your yoga mat so structure your playlists around you and the the workout keeping you motivated.
As you begin to progress on your fitness journey, it can be easy to get lost in it all and lose motivation especially when you're uncomfortable, freezing, and just want a hot shower. It’s important to take the time to remind yourself why you started in the first place. And set little realistic goals to keep moving forward towards.
Healthy Mind ~ Healthy Body ~ Healthy Soul