It’s true that most of us have a harder time finding the motivation within us to workout in the colder winter months. Though it’s much easier to get in a workout when it’s light out and warm, you can get in some great workouts in the winter as well. It may not be as easy but if you are committed then you must stay motivated even when it’s cold and you just want to cuddle under the covers. So in your quest to stay fit year round, here are a couple of tips that can make that much easier.
Get Into a Routine and Stick With It
In the cold winter months when you would much rather be at home under a blanket, it helps to create a routine. It’s not enough just to set up a routine with some structure as you must also stick with it for the long term. For example schedule your workouts like any other appointment at 5:30pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays.
If you value your time after work too much then set your alarm and get into a pattern of hitting the gym early before the craziness of the day sets in. If you incorporate some workouts at home then schedule these as any other workout and avoid any distractions. Treat these workout sessions as an important appointment and adapt to this philosophy. Though the elements may not be in your favor outside, if you can create a well founded routine then you will be used to it and stick with it even in the dead of winter.
Routine means everything, particularly when you have a hard time staying motivated. After awhile this routine will be a part of your week and you won’t even give it a second thought. Remember they say that it takes three weeks to develop a habit and so you need to keep with it until that happens and workouts are just a part of your life.
Find Creative Ways of Working Out
It’s much easier in the warmer months to get outside and get in a run without much thought. There’s nothing to say that you can’t get outside in the colder months, it’s just that you have to bundle up a bit more. You may also find that getting creative with your workouts can really help to ensure that you are motivated and stick with them.
Sign up for a class if you have never done one before or try something entirely new. Always wanted to try fitness boxing? Then sign up for a class and knowing that you have that on the calendar will make you much more committed. Try working out at home more but get several DVDs that will make for a unique twist that keeps your interest.
If you love swimming then take advantage of a community center or local gym that offers an indoor pool. You can still do laps in the winter, but just take it indoors. Join an indoor soccer league or even a running club that you can use as a creative outlet for your energy and for a great way of staying fit even in the colder months.
Stay Motivated and Remember What It’s All About
The hardest part of working out in the winter is to actually stay motivated. If you suffer from this syndrome then find out what it will take to keep your inner motivation alive and well. This can be a great time to enlist the help of a friend or family member that you can trust as a workout buddy may be just what you need to keep you going when it’s cold outside.
You may find that posting your fitness goals where they are visible can really help to keep you motivated. This can be in the form of written goals or perhaps a picture of what you want to look like in a bathing suit. Find quotes that help to keep you on track and to force you to get out of bed even when it’s the last thing you want to do. Where there’s a will there’s a way! You can’t give up on your workouts no matter what the weather is like outside. We all have different ways of getting motivated so get in tune with yours and you are far more likely to stay fit year round.
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