How to motivate yourself to exercise in this cold, dark weather
Struggling to maintain the exercise routine you managed to perfect in the summer months? You are not alone, you won't be the only one finding it hard to turn up to your gym sessions right now.
Getting yourself into the gym or heading out for a run on these cold wet dark mornings and evenings takes a lot more motivation than it might do in Summer.
So how do you motivated yourself and stay in shape during the winter?
Have the right kit
As the saying goes "There is no such thing as bad weather, there are just bad clothing choices," If you are heading outdoors for your workouts then you should invest in some quality winter activewear. It will make outdoor training much more comfortable and reduces the risk of catching a cold if you have thermals, gloves and a hat on.
Even if you're just in the gym, investing in some new workout gear can really help with your motivation. We all find It hard not to take a new pair of trainers for a spin, or show off your new kit!
Make a plan you have to stick to
Just as with most things, setting out a plan to your goals is a great way to stay motivated.Instead of waiting for New Year's resolutions, start now to set those goals. Whether it's to feel better about yourself, change your body or even just de-stress. Once those goals are set, create a plan to get there even if it's just adding the workouts into your calendar – it'll give those sessions more importance.
Why not try to schedule in your workouts, write them in your phone or on your fridge somewhere that is always seen and pretend.
Cold weather outside does not mean you can't exercise, even if you don't have a gym membership. You can easily workout in your very own home with just your own bodyweight. Free workouts can be found on Youtube that need no equipment.
Just as with joining a club, agreeing to exercise with a friend gives you an incentive (other than exercise) to do something active. Motivating yourself through these dark months can be tough, so think about buddying up with a friend It will help change your perspective of working out to something a little more enjoyable and sociable. It's also much more difficult to cancel on a friend.
Remind yourself why it's important
In those moments when you have to climb out of a warm, cosy bed and head into the cold, it can be difficult to remember how great you will feel afterwards. Exercising on those dark cold days will actually help boost your body's 'feel good' endorphins to help blast away those winter blues. Remeber why you are doing it and your goals you've set yourself.