Winter is coming, how to keep motivated to stay on your fitness journey
The cold and the dark are not great motivators for fitness work. This is worsened when you add the threat of rain into the equation. Every year, as winter arrives, motivated fitness fans start losing their focus as the changing conditions upset their enthusiasm.
Don’t feel like you’re alone if you’re struggling to keep up with your workout routine. Instead, focus on the advice in this article on staying motivated on your fitness journey through the winter months. There are lots of things you can do, so read on to get some food for thought.
Wear the right gear
A winter kit is important for keeping your motivation up. Particularly if you are exercising outside, you should think about things like:
• Base layers
• Headbands to keep your ears warm
If you run in the evening or early morning, stay safe by wearing reflective clothing and a head torch.
Set yourself goals
Goals are excellent motivators. When you have fitness goals in place, you will always feel like you are progressing towards achieving them. They could be covering a certain number of miles or hitting a new PB.
Great fitness goals to pursue
• Reach a certain running/cycling/swimming distance
• Lose/gain a certain amount of weight
• Improve on your PB for a 5k, 10k or any other timed challenge
Refocus your training
Colder temperatures may throw up different challenges, but they are the perfect opportunity to focus on other aspects of your training. Mental toughness is one thing that can be boosted by forcing yourself to train in the colder weather. Completing a session in challenging conditions can feel like a significant accomplishment.
Work with a personal trainer
Working out with another person (or people) is always more fun. A personal trainer can be an excellent source of motivation. You will feel confident that your training is high-quality and that you are gaining progress towards your goals. Having company or someone to bounce off will give you extra enthusiasm.
We can help with your health and fitness goals in rain or shine, so call on us if you need help.
Track your progress
Apps are a fantastic way to get a much-needed motivation boost in winter. Different apps offer different capabilities, including being part of a community and getting personalised alerts and advice for your training.
You can also track your progress with the help of fitness trackers and other similar hardware. They will take your training to a deeper level and maintain that motivation no matter the weather.
Exercise should always be enjoyable and the endorphins it releases are good for your mental health. Don’t let the declining weather and shorter days put you off. The benefits of exercising in winter are well worth pushing through your reduced motivation.
If you need a little boost, you could try Picks PT’s personal training online. This can work around you and your schedule and is easy to implement into your weekly routine.
Figure out what aspects of winter are harming your motivation and take action. Give yourself the lift you need to get out there.
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