The days are darker earlier and we lose the sun sooner; all those comforting holiday treats are starting to eek their way into our minds…It must be winter time. Although the snow and cold days might not be everyone’s reality (mom! ), even the recent time change and cooler temps is enough to throw a hitch in all our routines. It’s harder to get out of bed, to get motivated in the dark, and to stay consistent. So how do you make it happen?
I’ve been thinking a lot about motivation since I recently posted about it and wanted to ask you guys: how do you stay motivated during winter? Here are my top tips:
- Wake Up Earlier & Slowly. With the dark early hours and sleepy mornings, I’m realizing that it helps my body to put a light on when my alarm goes off and sit for a few minutes, waking up slowly and giving my body a few extra minutes to get going. While this does mean getting up a few minutes early, I find it helps me get ready to go and allows my body the extra time to feel ready for a morning workout. I can no longer bound out of bed with the sun and start doing push ups.
- Remind Yourself of How You’ll Feel. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but this works every time for me – if I think about how I’ll feel after my workout, it ALWAYS trumps the extra few minutes or hour of sleeping in and gets me moving. Yesterday my body wanted to run but I didn’t want to be cold outside (yes, I’m a bit of a baby), but I reminded myself of how much I love the sound of my feet crunching on the snow, how I love to feel active when it’s cold out, and of how great a warm shower will feel after the cold run. It got me out the door and I ran my fastest 10 solo, snowy 10 miler yet (1:26)! #worthit
- Have an Accountability System. Make a date to meet a friend, tweet about it, promise yourself a new treat (“treat” meaning a reward of some sort: a coffee out, a movie night, a pedicure – whatever motivates you!) to hold yourself accountable to staying consistent.
- Shorten/Change Up Your Workouts. If you’re having trouble sticking with a longer routine, amp up your intensity and shorten your workouts. You’ll boost your metabolism, enjoy the variety of something different, and be done your workout in a fast, efficient, tiring way! What’s to lose?!
- Rethink Your New Year’s Resolution. Why do we wait until the new year to make positive changes in our lives (fitness-related or otherwise)? One thing that helps me stay motivated in winter is the desire to be fit as I go into the holidays, not restarting as I come out of them. I challenge you to rethink your idea of the timing of a resolution; putting off making positive change for a few more months only sets you back in getting to that change sooner!
- Embrace the Hardship. In other words, it’s supposed to be tough, so embrace it and enjoy it when it feels hard to commit to and get through your workouts. In order to see change, it has to be difficult, so switch your mentality and mindset and see that as a positive thing to fuel you through staying consistent in the winter.
On that note, here’s a video of me in doing recent BodyRock workout (found here) to show you how wiped out 12 simple minutes can get you. Remember, it’s gotta be tough! So let it be, work through it, and get it done. Feel good and move on with your day (and remember that you can always modify moves/workouts as needed).
Again, hit me with your tips! How do you keep moving through winter? In the meantime, keep it real and work it hard! Live well & be well friends,