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In those moments when you have to climb out of a warm, cozy bed and head into the cold, it can be so tempting to snuggle up with a nice hot chocolate instead.
It’s so important to build up your self-discipline to be able to get out of bed in the cold to stay in shape.
It’s going to get cold whether you like it or not, so there’s nothing you can do to avoid that. The best tactic is to embrace it. Accept that it will be cold and that you won’t always feel like working out but also know that the change in season doesn’t have to halt your progress.
Change your mindset to work with the cold weather, instead of against it.
To help you reach your fitness goals, I’ve put together some helpful tips to help you stay motivated and not let your fitness goals hibernate because of the cold and dark winter days.
1. Plan it out and set some goals
A lack of planning leads to a lack of exercise. By planning your workouts in advance, you’ll be more likely to follow through. Set yourself some goals and don’t just try and wing it as you go.
A good idea is to make a goals board. Add pictures of people who inspire you and write down those fitness quotes that motivate you. You have to remind yourself why you’re doing it.
Once those goals are set, create a plan to get there even if it’s just adding the workouts into your calendar. Schedule your workouts. Write them in your diary and pretend it’s a doctor’s appointment you can’t miss.
2. Keep those summer goals in mind
Think about that beach body you want or that vacation or event where you know you want to be looking good. All the hard work you put in now will pay off. Try thinking about winter as preparation for summer and use that as the motivation you need to get through working out during winter.
3. Take before photos
Seeing results through a photo is extremely powerful and will remind you of the power you have to achieve your goals. Seeing progress gets you so excited.
Start out by taking a few photos of yourself from different angles and then continuing to do so once a month to track your progress. This will show you exactly how far you’ve come and will inspire you to keep going. You don’t have to show anyone.
4. Invest in some good quality winter activewear
Remember to wear some layers. While working out, it’s easy to think that it’s warmer than it actually is and that’s exactly when you can get sick.
Something about new gear makes getting out the door and hitting the gym a lot easier. Why not go show off your new kit in the gym?
Keep in mind that you’ll need items that you can easily add and remove while on the go. You’ll also want to opt for lightweight pieces that won’t weigh you down.
5. Move your workout indoors
If you’re used to working out outdoors, then try to think about how you can move your training indoors. Do you run? Try switching to a treadmill for the winter. Perhaps you could lift some weights in your living room? If it’s pouring outside, why not try something new instead of doing nothing.
If you don’t have a gym membership, you can easily workout in your very own home. Free workouts can be found on YouTube that needs no equipment. There’s no excuse because the resources are endless. You can create an entire workout with squats, lunges, push-ups, and stairs – all things you can do at home.
6. Get a personal trainer
If you find yourself doing less and less exercise as the weather gets colder, maybe you should book a few personal training classes. Knowing that someone is waiting for you is often enough motivation to ensure you don’t miss your workout.
7. Get a workout buddy
It’s good to have a friend to tell you how great you’re doing or to drag your lazy ass to the gym when it’s the last thing you feel like doing.
Getting a workout buddy who has similar fitness goals to you is a great way to stay motivated throughout the winter and it will reduce the chances of you skipping a workout.
It will also help change your perspective on working out to something a little more enjoyable and sociable.
8. Try joining a running group
Join a running group and let something other than the running motivate you. Meet new people, make some new friends and set some group goals together. It really helps keep you motivated.
9. Pack your gym stuff the night before
By creating this habit, you won’t be able to make any excuses like not having enough time in the morning to pack your stuff. Put it in your car the night before so you can’t say you forgot to take it to work with you.
10. Update your playlist
As it gets colder and darker outside, your playlist needs to step it up to keep you going! Revamp your playlist to keep you moving. Music is a great motivator, and everybody should at least give this one a try.
11. Take enough time to relax and recover
It’s much harder to stay motivated if you don’t take enough time to recover, leaving you feeling tired and sluggish all the time. After a fitness session, treat yourself to a nice mug of hot cocoa and a long hot bath with some salt to soothe your muscles.
Also make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Think about what time you want to get up and then count back 7-9 hours, depending on what you need. Then go to bed on time and stick to those times every night so you can establish a sleeping schedule. This makes it easier to get up each morning as your body gets used to those times.
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If you managed to see the sunrise five mornings in a row while conquering the cold, then you definitely deserve to reward yourself on a Saturday. Go out for a nice creamy latte or your favorite breakfast. Get a manicure or buy yourself some new workout gear or a new top. A treat once in a while keeps us motivated and gives us something to work towards.
What do you do to stay motivated to work out during the winter months? Share your tips below!