If you are like me, winter is not your favorite part of the year. The shorter days and colder weather definitely challenges my willpower to keep working out, but I still manage to get it done. I loathe the thought of getting out of my warm bed on a cold, dark winter day to get all bundled up for a trip to the gym in the wee hours of the morning. But hey, that’s me.
If you are one of those winter morning warriors, I say HUGE kudos to you. You gotta do what you have to do to get it done, and if that means making it happen first thing in the morning, then so it is! Regardless of whether it’s early morning or not, it still can be hard to stick to your workout routine during the winter because of the natural tendency to want to hibernate. If you need an extra boost, use these six tips for staying motivated for your winter workouts…
- Set a workout date – Not only is working out with a friend more fun, it also holds you more accountable. You can’t bail when you know your exercise comrade will lay into you for being a wimp.
- Try something new – If you’re tired of your current routine, then switch things up by trying a new class or following a new program. Some programs like CrossFit or boot camp classes incorporate different workouts every week to stave off boredom.
- Keep track – Record how far you’ve come by tracking your workouts in a journal. Make it personal, too, by writing down how good you feel immediately after a good workout. Flip through your journal whenever you need a boost staying motivated for winter workouts.
- Make an announcement – Don’t bug your friends by posting every achievement at the gym, but celebrate milestones on social media. The well wishes you receive will boost your confidence and give you motivation for the next week of workouts.
- Buy new workout clothes – There’s nothing like a new pair of running shoes or a great fitting workout shirt or a pair of Yoga pants to get you off the sofa! You’ll feel cute in your new gear and want to show it off.
- Work toward a goal with an immovable deadline – Look into different fitness events taking place in the spring that you have always wanted to try or peak your interest. This gives you time to prepare and motivates you to keep up the good work all winter long. It’s not possible to push the date back like you can with personal goals, so it’s a good way to ensure you don’t procrastinate achieving your fitness goals.
Coming from a gal that used to live in Florida for over 10 years, I completely understand why you may not be a big fan of the wintertime. Instead of fighting against these colder months, find a way to go with the flow and look for more creative ways to still make fitness a priority during the colder months. After all, December 21st is the shortest day of the year and all gets better from there!!