As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder it gets increasingly difficult to find the motivation to get out and be active. Let face it as a nation a lot of our recreation revolves around summer activities and we are more likely to participate in incidental activity in the warmer weather. So how do we beat this winter slump and keep fit year round? Well here are a few tips and strategies I use to find my winter mojo.
Use yourself as motivation. One of the best ways to stay motivated in winter is to keep a photo handy of yourself from a time when you were your most fit… It might be a picture of you in a bikini, inspiring you to get back to that summer bod. It might be a picture of you exercising, smashing it out at your fittest. Setting rational and achievable goals is key to success. Remember what you are capable of with a little mind strength and determination. If you have yet to reach your fitness goals, write a list of your strengths, how far you have come and your short term and long term goals. Make it tangible and make it visible!
Embrace the challenge
Instead of avoiding the cold, embrace it. Training in adverse conditions can be character building, letting you see what your body’s capable of and strengthening your resilience. (I mean how badass do you feel when you’re smashing it out in the rain).
Getting outside for some fresh air and open space will be good for your body as well as your mind. Outdoor exercise can pump up your energy levels and can be quite invigorating.
Most people try to avoid working out outside in winter because of the weather, but as long as you have the proper gear and its not pouring down with rain, sleet or snow you will be okay. Your body has to work harder in the cold; firing up your metabolism to keep itself warm.
If you’re going to face the cold you are going to warm yet breathable activewear (long compression tights and a good running jacket). You may not need to wear it the whole time you are exercising, but at least it will help you get out the door.
Have fun at home.
There’s no need to use the bad weather as an excuse to not exercise. Instead, work out at home, where’s it’s cozy and warm. Believe me, you can definitely work up a sweat in the comfort if your own home. I love working out in my living room it’s fun, it’s convenient and it means I can wear my ugly comfy clothes. If you’d like some inspiration for home workouts check out my Instagram page or head to Youtube (there’s all sorts of fun workouts you can do!).
No not with donuts…… but with something for yourself, something you can really enjoy. One way you can do this is by giving yourself a gold coin or a token every time you complete your workout, then use the money to buy yourself a gift. It may be as simple as a massage or a facial or it may even be a new summer wardrobe to match your new fit bod. It’s nice to be able to reward yourself when you’ve achieved your goals.
Ok so winter may not be your favourite season and it may not be easiest time of year to get motivated but you can’t tell me there aren’t some thing’s you enjoy. If you’ve never been a fan of winter, start focusing on what you do love about it and how this time of year provides new opportunities for your fitness and health. From eating delicious in season food (oranges, pumpkin, kale), experimenting with soup recipes and curling up with a big mug of a healthy hot cacao and long warm showers after a challenging workout. There is much to love about winter when you embrace it 🙂