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How I stay motivated to exercise during winter

I am hearing more and more how hard it is to stay motivated in Winter. This weather makes us all want to hibernate and stay indoors curled up on the couch.

I hear you, I don't like the cold weather either but I know that if I don't exercise I am going to be grumpy and not a nice person to be around. So, I make sure that I stay on track with my exercise.

Here's how I go about it:

  1. I have a clear goal of what I am wanting to achieve over winter. For me, I am focused on building my strength back up. I have been a little slack with strength training and ended up with sore knees as my quads and glutes were not doing their job to support my knees when running or when I did do any leg exercises. My other thing I am focused on is getting out and running 3 times each week as I know that when I run regularly I have more energy.
  2. I plan the days and times I can exercise and what I am going to do in each workout. I put this is my planner and make sure that I do not double book myself.
  3. I train with others. Wednesday night I join a running group and then my other 2 runs I run with Melinda. I also enjoy a pilates class where I catch up with the same ladies each week. This way it makes my workouts more social and enjoyable. Even at home Melinda and I usually hit the studio together for our strength workouts.
  4. If you are one that exercises first thing in the morning. Set that alarm and put your phone or alarm clock away from the bed so that you actually have to get up to turn it off. Have your clothes out ready and just get dressed straight away and get moving. Or if you exercise of an evening, again have your gear already to put on and get moving as soon as you can. If you have time before your workout, keep busy, fold washing, do some tidying up or prepare dinner. If you sit down on the couch it is so much harder to get out that door so I highly recommend you just keep moving rather than going into relaxation mode. 
  5. Okay so in theory it all sounds easy but procrastination can still get me. When this happens, I bring myself back to my why I am doing this. I focus on both how much better I feel once I do my workout and how disappointed I feel if I let myself down and skip a workout. I also look at my goals and remind myself how I hate being in pain from injury and remind myself that my workouts are also to help me stay pain free.

I must mention though, that at this time of the year every second person has a sniffle or a cough. If you do come down with the dreaded lurgy, look after yourself, take it easy and rest. Your body needs to be given the time to recuperate and a vigorous workout can actually make you sicker rather than better. So I suggest taking a more gentle approach when unwell. Why not rug up and just head out for a walk if you feel up to it. But if you are really sick stay home and rest.

As I write this, the shortest day of the year is upon us so before we know it the days will start to get longer and the worst of winter will be over. So stay strong, stay motivated and have fun this winter.

Need help, come and chat to me and we can work out a plan of action for you so that this Winter is the one where you get fitter, stronger and healthier.

Libby x