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5 Tips for staying motivated this winter:

 

Struggling to maintain the exercise routine you managed to nail in the warmer months? If rain, cold mornings, and short days are cramping your workout style, you're not alone. It’s easy to fall off the bandwagon and lose motivation in winter – here are my top 5 tips for getting yourself back on track!

 

1. Make appointments with yourself

 

Make your exercise program as permanent in your calendar as that important meeting with your boss (You wouldn’t cancel on your boss because it’s cold and you’re tired right?).

One of the biggest problems in the cooler months is routine and accountability. If you have a non-negotiable routine, then rain, hail, or shine, you have to be at those appointments – even the ones with yourself. If you’re really struggling, I suggest organising a workout with a friend or colleague before work or getting a personal trainer so you're more likely to turn up and stay accountable. Setting yourself up for success is key.

 

2.Goal setting

 

Setting a goal can really help. Whether it's to lose some weight, or not gain any weight through winter, be fitter overall, or to train for a marathon, it's good to refer back to your goals in those moments of despair (hitting the snooze button for the third time) or moments of self-doubt. Always remember why you started and why need to keep going!


3.Home workouts are under-rated

 

If the weather is indeed too awful for a jog around the park, and you can’t find the motivation to leave the house for an indoor fitness class, then I suggest rolling out the yoga mat for some strengthening and stretching in the living room instead. Home workouts are seriously underrated – there is no excuse for not being able to get your heart rate up in your living room! I have an online training program you could try that requires no equipment and just 30 mins of time. Alternatively, you can just put some great music on and stretch and foam roll. It’s a lot more beneficial than doing nothing at all and your body and mind will thank you for it for the rest of the day. You will have more energy make better/healthier decisions because of it.

 

4.Try new exercise in the colder months

 

Try different styles of exercise in winter – keep your body guessing and your motivation in tact whilst being challenged and inspired by new moves or classes. Spin, Reformer Pilates, barre, hot yoga or a HIIT class are my favorite classes to do through the winter months. Having a motivating instructor is also key to enjoying new fitness classes and staying accountable.

 

5.Every min counts

 

I’m a big believer in self-love and self-care. We are all time poor and setting time aside for yourself is really important. Often when the alarm goes off I remind myself that each time I hit snooze, I lose a few minutes of “me time” in the mornings. It’s the difference between a 10, 20 or 30 mins to myself. I try to allocate time daily to some healthy self-empowerment practice (like meditation, visualization, stretching or dancing) to myself. No phone, no company, no pressure; just me, some music and some juicy self-care-time. Starting or ending my day this way always helps. I know I’m a better person to myself and others when I dedicate more time to my health and looking after myself.