Working out during winter can be a real challenge. With dark nights, cold mornings, and the ability to hide behind several layers of clothing, motivation to exercise can slow down. Here are our best tips on how to boost your motivation, as the weather gets rough, so you can continue your journey to greater health and wellbeing.
Here's my top 5 tips to keep you motivated in the colder months.
Register for an event
Signing up for walking or running challenge is a great way to keep you on track when motivation can be low. In Australia, the running season tends to be towards the end of winter and start of spring, this will give you a focus and purpose to your training over the coming weeks.
Get an accountability partner
Being accountable is one of the best ways to stay on track during winter. Knowing that someone is ensuring that you train can keep your motivation up, particularly when training is fun and you enjoy being accountable to that person. Find someone who you like and trust, and also who will give you the best support.
Get involved in a sport or group
Winter sport is a great way to stay motivated to train and exercise. It also builds a good support network, which can create accountability and friendships.
If sport is not your thing, there are other groups like our My Better is Better running group where you can stay motivated and meet new people.
Think about your ‘Why’
Take time to think about why your health is important to you and why it is you train. These reasons are what you can use when you feel unmotivated. If you want to look better at the beach in summer, then use this as a reason to train in winter. You might even discover exercise is more about how you think and feel rather than look.
Use a go-to workout when the weather is bad
Use your favourite go-to session, one that you don’t have to think about to ensure you still train, regardless of the weather. Below is a quick workout that will get the heart rate moving when the weather is bad!
Start each exercise on the minute, use and seconds you have left as rest, and then repeat. Complete between 8-15 rounds. If you are more advanced, do double the repetitions for each exercise.
- 10 Push ups
- 10 Squats
- 10 Ice Skaters