When it’s dark, freezing and bleak outside, chances are the very last thing you’ll feel like doing is putting on your runners and heading to the gym. It’s really no wonder that winter sees a lot of exercise regimes falling by the wayside. But while it’s much easier to give into the call of your warm bed and ignore that alarm clock, it’s important that you don’t let a whole nine months of hard work and dedication to your health and fitness fall by the wayside.
So, to ensure that winter hibernation doesn’t stop your fitness goals in their tracks, here are some of the top ways that you can stay motivated during the cold dark winter months, so you’ll be rocking that beach body come summer!
Have the Right Gear
One of the very first things that might put you off working out in winter time is not having the right gear to see you through the cold months. Wearing the right clothes crucial consideration that many people skip over, but it’s something that can either make or break your winter workout habits.
Nothing is less appealing than heading outside in the cold to do a workout clothed only in a singlet and bike shorts. You’re kidding yourself if you think this get-up will see you getting out of bed in the morning! Instead, if you’re planning on taking your workout outdoors, make sure you invest in good quality pants, long sleeve tops, and even thermals and gloves if necessary! Not only will this winter activewear help to keep you motivated and comfortable, it’ll also serve to keep you healthy and avoid catching colds.
Even if you’re not planning on exercising outside, sometimes simply purchasing some new activewear is enough o help with your motivation. After all, who doesn’t like to show off their new gear at the gym, right?
Sign up for an event
Whether you sign up for an event during winter or for one in spring, knowing that you’ve locked yourself into something that requires you to stay fit can be a great way to keep you pushing through your workouts come winter.
Once you’ve committed to an event you’ve made yourself accountable for continuing with your fitness regime. You’ve set yourself an ambitious goal and therefore are a lot more likely to stick to your training program to achieve it!
Make it as convenient as possible
The cold, wet weather poses enough of a hurdle as it is, so it’s vital to make completing your workout as easy for yourself as possible – remove all barriers standing in your way!
If you like to exercise before work, try preparing your breakfast the night before to save time in the morning. Lay out your clothes and shoes before bed so you don’t have to hunt for them in the cold at 6am. If you usually exercise at night, try taking your gym clothes to work with you so you can go straight there on your way home. It can be really difficult to leave your house after you get home and comfortable, so don’t give yourself the chance to bail out.
Track and share your results
Not only is tracking your results a great way to chart your progress over time, but it’s another great way to keep yourself accountable for your workouts. And by making them public, either by telling your friends or recording them via fitness apps and forums, you’ll feel more obligated to keep pushing yourself to complete your workouts.
There is nothing more motivating then comparing your current training program with what you were doing a few months ago. And seeing your improvements written down can really help give you that boost of motivation and encouragement to stick at it.
Sometimes there’s no point in pushing yourself to make it outdoors when the temperatures are freezing and there’s a gale force blowing outside your window. You know it’s just not going to happen. Instead, plan an indoor workout, which you’re much more likely to carry out!
You don’t necessarily need a gym membership, you can workout in your very own home using simple equipment (such as dumb bells and resistance bands) or even just your own bodyweight. Create your own circuit, or else follow along with a fitness video you can find on YouTube.
The best part? You can get your sweat on without even having to get out of your pyjamas!
Workout with a Friend
Agreeing to exercise with a friend gives you an additional reason (other than that of staying fit) to do something active. By turning your workout into a social exchange where you can catch up with a close friend, you’re making it a much more enjoyable activity that you’ll actually look forward to doing.
Furthermore, it’s much more difficult to cancel on a friend than it is to cancel on yourself, so knowing that you’ve committed to meeting them will give you more of a reason to get moving. Also, if you’re anything like us and have a bit of a competitive streak, you may even find that working out with a friend actually pushes you to perform better, helping you to surpass your Personal Best and smash through new goals.
It’s true, working out in winter can definitely be a challenge. But by taking the above tips into consideration you’ll likely be able to stay motivated enough to push through that bad weather, so that come spring you won’t have to start back at square one!