Most of you, come the beginning of January, would have hit the gym to shed the weight gained during the festive season. But come mid-month, some of you may find it tough keeping it up.
It’s difficult to stay motivated when you wake up and it is bitterly cold and dark outside. Instead of waking up an hour early you probably want to get an extra hour of sleep.
I will never stop repeating the importance of exercise and movement especially as we become older. Exercise makes us feel better and it not only keeps the weight off, but it is very good for our cardiovascular system and a must if you sit at a desk all day!
Here are my top 5 Tips to Motivate Yourself to Exercise in Winter and keep those extra pounds off!
1. Play your favourite song and get dancing
A fantastic way to get out of bed is by cranking up your favourite tune in the morning and start dancing to it.
Don’t choose a song that will make you fall asleep. You want to wake up, remember?
This will set the mood for the whole day making you feel great and motivate you to work out.
2. Get a gym buddy
Getting a friend, family member or partner to exercise with is fantastic as you both motivate and push each other.
The key to success is planning ahead.
Exercising together makes it more fun and a fitness buddy will offer you the support you need, making you feel more confident.
If you‘ve always been too shy to start a new class, having a workout partner it will make it easier.
3. Buy new workout gear
Shopping is therapy and it makes us happy. Go out and buy some sexy new workout gear that will boost your confidence and make you feel beautiful.
Invest in some warm gear. Especially if you are running outside. You don’t want to freeze and be put off! There are some super cool exercise clothing out there.
4. Book a class
By booking a class you are committing yourself and cancelling or not showing up will mean that you will be charged.
Most of you will pay a membership fee which means you want to get the most out of your gym, and if you have paid for an extra class you don’t want to throw money away.
A class is great as it will make working out more fun and the instructor will be correcting your form.
5. Set a fitness goal
Why not commit to run a mini marathon, try a triathlon or start a new sport? By setting a goal you’ll be setting a deadline to get into shape and this will motivate you to train.
Remember, summer bodies are made in the winter!
I hope you find these 5 Tips to Motivate Yourself to Exercise in Winter useful in staying healthy during the colder months.