Tip 1 – Refresh your workout playlist
Winter is cold, and motivation can be limited. But we all work out better with some good tunes. So it’s time for some new music to get you going. To keep you motivated during your training, work out to some material that you’re not familiar with. Keep in mind that the best music to exercise to is music that has between 120 and 140 beats per minute.
Tip 2 – Find a training buddy
Motivating yourself through the dark months of winter can be tough, so think about buddying up with a friend. Agreeing to exercise with a friend gives you an incentive (other than exercise) to do something active and you can keep each other accountable. It will help to 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 than to just decide not to go yourself.
Tip 3 -Sign up for a charity fitness event
Struggling to get inspired? Why not do a good deed and get fit at the same time? Signing up for charity event is a fantastic way to not only contribute to a cause you believe in, but to also keep you on the straight and narrow when it comes to your training. Knowing that you have so many people relying on you will keep your head in the game regardless of what the weather outside is like.
Not to mention charity events often have a great sense of community and comradery, meaning you’ll be surrounded by like-minded people who will help you to train and to stay motivated.
Tip 4 Book a class or get a coach
Setting your training sessions in stone and knowing that you have someone waiting for you can be a really good motivation to ensure you don’t miss your training session. By booking a class or a session with a coach, you drastically reduce the chances of bailing on your winter exercise plan. So, if you find yourself doing less and less exercise as the weather gets colder, then maybe it’s time you booked a block of classes or personal training sessions to burn your way through the winter and stay lean and fit.
Tip 5 – Have a plan
Having a plan will undoubtedly help you on your way to keeping motivated. Planning for races next summer or that “beach body” you’re admiring or just to lose some weight and tone up, will make it easier to stay motivated. Figure out specific goals, write them down, discuss them with your coach and plan how you will achieve them. Have short and medium term goals and make sure that you can measure your success regularly and easily. Have regular weigh-ins and set dates for measurements, write down the weights that you have lifted, track your progress. Having a visual representation of you progress can help you to stay motivated and keep you wanting to push for more.
Tip 6 –Summer is around the corner
If winter is here, then that means summer is just around the corner. Summer is all about having a hot “beach body”, feeling good and staying strong. That’s motivation enough to keep you going with your fitness routine during winter. It’s the hard work and effort you put in now that will shape how you look and feel come the summer months.
So try viewing winter as preparation for summer and use this as the motivation you need to continue working out during winter. Then when summer comes and you’re smashing PB’s or just feeling happier within yourself, all the exercising over winter will have paid off!
Tip 7 – Focus on the positives
A lack of motivation can make you feel tired, depressed and a bit ‘bleh’. But you know that when you exercise you feel more energetic, your stress levels reduce, your mood lifts and you feel better about yourself. So use those positive feelings to fuel your motivation levels and keep you on track. Focus on how good it is going to make you feel and look and how much better your health and wellbeing, both mental and physical, will be if you stick to your training schedule.
Let’s be honest, it’s going to get cold whether you like it or not, so there’s nothing you can do to avoid that (short of leaving the country), so the best tactic is to embrace it. Create a shift in your mind set to embrace the cold weather and work with it, instead of against it. Find activities you can enjoy in the cold or just simply shift your exercise indoors.
You can do it.