How To Stay Motivated In The Colder Months
We are starting to see less sun and feeling colder every day. Even before winter fully peaks we feel an impact on our lives. We crave heartier foods like stews, soups and casseroles (have you dusted off your slow cooker yet?) and find it harder and harder to get out of bed in the morning.
There is a period of time, before we see Christmas lights and feel the positive impact the festive season has on winter months, where it is just dark, cold and rainy.
We don’t blame you for wanting to stay in bed instead of staying in shape, but there are ways to help you stay motivated to work out during winter.
How to exercise in winter weather
For those outdoor workouts:
Invest in winter exercise clothes
If you are power walking or running in a regular knitted hat and standard gloves it's only a matter of time before you feel too cold to continue. When you have a difficult workout if makes it harder to come back because you are associating your work out with that tough experience.
Investing in quality winter exercise clothes will take your outdoor run from breathtakingly uncomfortable to toasty and exhilarating. The price of quality winter sports clothes may make you catch your breath initially but you will certainly reap the rewards during that post-work out endorphin rush.
For those morning workouts:
A lot of people prefer to exercise in the morning. It sets them up for their day with confidence, energy and focus. However, when you wake up to cold air and even colder floors that desire to exercise quickly turns into a desire to stay under your warm, cozy blankets.
Try automating your central heating so that your home is warm when you wake up to battle the urge to stay in bed.
Take a shower. It may seem odd to shower before your workout, but the fresh jet of water will wake you up and give you an initial rush of energy so that feel better equipped to slay that workout.
For those gym-bunnies:
With the days feeling shorter it may seem more enticing to drive past the gym and straight home after work, but don’t succumb. It will only result in feelings of guilt and higher drops in energy.
The NHS advises that we stay active to battle ‘winter blues’ and ‘SAD’ so when the urge to bypass the gym hits, stay strong and come on in. You won’t be sorry!
Try a new exercise
When you are lacking energy the last thing you want to do is the same tired routine you do every week. Why not mix it up with a new class? A lot of our gyms schedule over 150 classes per month, so why not take the opportunity to try something different? If you are feeling a stronger-than-usual bout of blues, why not try a yoga or a stretch class? These are lighter classes that will allow you to feel good about your workout without pushing yourself too hard.
Additional tips for winter exercise motivation
Make a to-do list
Whether it is a list that covers a day or a week, write down what you want to achieve and make sure exercising is on that list. For those seasoned list-makers out there, you know how satisfying it is to see a list completely crossed out or ticked off. And for those who don’t make lists, once you start you won’t be able to stop!
Make social media work for you
During the summer months you’ll probably see your social media feeds explode with images that track how far people have ran and posts celebrating hitting a PB in some form of work out. There is nothing to say you can’t do the same during winter.
Plan what workout you want to do in advance and post about it on your favourite social media feed. Post again once you have completed your exercise of choice and give yourself a virtual pat on the back.
By posting about it online, you will feel more inclined to follow through, regardless of how cold it is!
Book a class in advance
In the same way, booking a class in advance may be just the incentive you need to maintain your exercise plan. You can book a range of classes online at your local gym.
No matter how you prefer to work out, maintaining your routine during the colder months will help you stay fit, healthy and happy.
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