Let’s face it…. Winter is the most popular time to fall off the bandwagon. People build a cave and eat more and exercise less. Trust me if this is you, you are not alone. It is certainly not an uncommon thing to see many people drop off the fitness cliff each year as winter approaches. There is already a chill in the air, the days are becoming shorter, and it starts to become harder and harder to get out of bed in the morning.
This is the time of year you want to be really working on implementing good habits with your fitness routine so when winter hits you are prepared. As they say “Sumer bodies are made in the winter.”
So how can you stay motivated as the cold approaches?
- Get a head start- Start implementing and changing your routine now to suit the winter months. If you are running or swimming outdoors and know you won’t do this in winter starting finding activities or workouts you will do and implement them now.
- Have workout dates- Knowing you are meeting a buddy in the morning or after work is the best way to drag yourself and get your fitness done for the day.
Create short term goals that will see you progressing the whole way through the colder months. 30 days, 60days, 90 days. A great example is a 30 day ab challenge, a 60 day gym challenge relating to your goals, in 90 days this will be the outcome.
- Keep a fitness journal. Write what you did each day and how you felt after it. “I felt so energetic after this morning’s run,” “the stress melted off me after my boxing session tonight.” When you start to feel unmotivated flick through your journal to remind yourself of the benefits you feel after a workout.
- Buy new gym gear. The most important thing to do in these cold months is stay rugged up. As soon as we jump out of bed in the morning our warm winter workout clothes are there to put straight on.
- Plan and prepare ahead. The night before pack your gym bag or lay out all of your workout clothes in the morning. You will be less likely to skip a workout if everything is ready to go.
- Learn to love and respect your body. When you do this you will not want to treat it badly. You will want to feed it nutritious food all year round, you will want to keep moving all year round. The seasons will not play a part in how you treat your body.