If you’re anything like most of the people, you’ll be all too familiar with the following scenario. You lay out your workout gear before bed with virtuous intentions for the next morning. “I’ll definitely feel like getting up in the freezing cold for a 7 am HIIT class!” you tell yourself.
Then your alarm sounds and it’s the last thing you feel like doing. “It’s fine, I’ll do a run after work” you convince your inner couch potato, only to cave into a colleague’s invitation to after-work drinks instead. Or opt for a cosy night in front of the TV with a bowl of something beige.
Of course, it’s fine to do this every so often. But as we know, it’s all about balance, and it’s worth doing at least some exercise in the colder months, for the sake of both your physical and mental health. When was the last time you felt worse after a workout? Exactly. Shame it’s so damn hard to get ourselves in the mood.
So here are my tips on how to motivate ourselves to get moving when the mercury plummets.
Book a class or join a club
It is arguably the best time ever to be a fitness fanatic in Guernsey right now with so many fun and interesting classes at our disposal. Try Jumping Fitness classes, they are a really fun way of working out!
If you are a runner or swimmer at heart and don’t fancy classes, try joining a club instead to help motivate you. You will make new friends, meet old ones and you will also have group goals – it really helps to keep you motivated.
It will help change your perspective of working out to something a little more enjoyable and sociable. It’s also much more difficult to cancel on a friend than to just decide not to go yourself.
Set your goals
Instead of waiting for New Year’s resolutions, start now to set those goals. Whether it’s to feel better about yourself, change your body or even just de-stress. Once those goals are set, create a plan to get there even if it’s just adding the workouts into your calendar – it’ll give those sessions more importance. Once you see the progress, your activity will become an addiction!
Reward yourself when you progress
Promise yourself some kind of reward when you reach your goal. Whether this is a new top, workout gear, a manicure, a night out with the girls, or even just a slice of cake. It can be your Christmas present to yourself. A treat once in a while keeps us motivated and gives us something to work towards.
Have the right kit
There is no such thing as bad weather, there are just bad clothing choices. If you are heading outdoors then you should invest in some good quality activewear. I mean thermal leggings, gloves, headbands – the lot! It makes outdoor training much more comfortable and reduces the risk of catching a chill.
And it’s not just if you’re training outside. Even if you’re training indoors, investing in some new workout gear can really help with your motivation.