As I walked outside at 5am this morning, to go to the gym it was unbearably cold. “When did this happen and why am I up?” 2 degrees my car temperature read. I cranked the heater to 32 degrees (dramatic) and cooked myself before having to tackle the cold again to get into the gym. It seems I wasn’t the only one feeling this way. Mac and I were the only 2 people there.
Having worked in the gym industry for my whole working career, I have watched a pattern year in year out. Come Winter everyone looses the motivation to train let alone leave the house. The days are shorter and darker. You are wrapped up in layers upon layers. We laze around for days on end. Eat more comfort foods than ever and come October we are all in full swing again, undoing the damage of Winter. Training so incredibly hard just to fit into that bikini again this Summer.
Is any of this sounding familiar? Don’t worry you are not alone! I am here to help you keep your mojo this Winter. The key is to build consistent, positive habits and maintain momentum.
Lets do it together!
1 – Get indoors.
It is important to find and activity for you to do indoors. Whether it is working out at home, joining a gym for 3 months, or try some exercise classes, go to yoga, head to your local indoor pool and enjoy a swim and sauna, go to a dance class. Do what ever floats your boat, just do it undercover.
2 – Grab a buddy.
No matter what season we are in working out is always funnier if you have a buddy or two with you. You can all keep each other motivated because it’s harder to cancel on your friends than it is on yourself.
3 – Go shopping.
This one is definitely my favourite. Winter fashion is so fun, so head to your local sports store and buy some new clothes that make you feel amazing and motivated but most importantly keep you warm.
4 – Drink warm lemon water with Apple Cider Vinegar.
Upon waking drink a big glass of warm water with lemon and apple cider vinegar. This will help get your digestive system fired up as well as warm your soul a little.
5 – Eat wholesome, warming soul foods.
With a change of seasons, should come a change in your diet. There is no need to eat salad all year round. You should be eating beautiful, nourishing, warming foods. Soups, stews, pastas, anything made from a slow cooker and so on. Use herbs and spices and get creative. Allow yourself to eat what your body is craving.
6 – Make a schedule.
The best way to maintain a routine is to make a schedule and stick to it. If you miss a session here or there, its’ no biggy just make sure it doesn’t happen day after day after day.
7 – Use your weekends to be active.
The more days you lounge around, the harder it will be to get back into your workout routine on the Monday. Use the weekends to do a fun activity with your loved ones or at the very least to do a workout at home.
8 – Pack a gym bag.
After a days work, you come home and the last thing you want to do is to leave your warm house again to workout. Don’t worry, I get it. I feel the same, so pack a gym bag and after work head straight to the gym. If the intention was set the night before or that morning when you were packing the bag, it will be much harder to ditch your plans.
9 – Go to bed in your workout clothes.
Some may think this is crazy but others will be with me on this one. How hard is it to wake up, it’s 2 degrees outside and you have to change from your flannel PJ’s to your gym clothes. You are frozen to the bones and just want to get back under the dooner and not come back out. How about cutting out the middle man (ie the cold) and just go to bed in what you are going to be working out in. It is then as simple as throwing on a jumper and runners whilst staying warm in the process.
10 – Don’t punish yourself.
Last of all…. don’t carry around guilt. If you only manage to work out once a month, so be it. If you ate something you shouldn’t have ate, so be it. Just remember we can only continue to try and do better the next day. The main thing is you are trying, therefore if you do happen to fall of the wagon it is important to not punish yourself when you do hop back on.
I hope you can pull at least one pointer here and implement it into your Winter routine. Good luck.