Working out is a crucial part of our lives. Not only is it important for our health, but it is also a great way to socialize, or perhaps spend time alone with our thoughts. And while on some bright and sunny days, when it’s not too warm and not too cold outside, we can’t wait to go for a jog, things are bit different during winter. Making yourself go outside to exercise is basically impossible, and all you really want to do is stay in bed, wrapped up in a blanket. If this sounds like you, don’t give up just yet! Here are some ways which can help you stay motivated and stick to your exercise routine during winter.
Plan it alongside other activities
If you are warm and cozy in your bed with a hot cup of tea and your favorite show, there is no way you’ll make yourself get out into the cold, go to the gym and train. However, if you’re already in the town, running errands, picking someone up or going back from work or school, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t pop into the gym right there and then. Pairing up your workout with activities that will get you out of the house anyway will help you get your butt to the gym.
Join a class
Winter is the perfect moment to join a class and find something new. Firstly, if you’re used to training outside, you have to find a new way to train inside which can be a great alternative. Alternatively, if you’re used to going to the gym, remember that during winter, everyone is going to the gym, including those who had previously trained outside, so the crowds are bigger. Not to mention that joining a class will give you a sense of responsibility towards the group and make you attend the classes regularly. It’s a lot easier to make yourself go when you have a set time, rather than to go “when you feel like it”.
Get good gear
If you look good – you feel good. And there’s no better motivation to get moving than to look great while doing it. Get your hands on some tights, sports bras, good sports shoes and any other equipment you might need. If you have some basic equipment: dumbbells, weights, stretching helpers, a pull-up bar, skipping rope or any other equipment you like to work with, you don’t even have to leave your home to work out. And if you think you’ll enjoy the cold air outside and want to go outside for a run, make sure you have good gear that will keep you warm but at the same time not retain any sweat you expel, because being in the cold in wet clothing is one sure way to get ill.
Make an inspiration board
The same reasons you train for during summer – you train for during winter. Still, it can get pretty easy to forget why you’re doing it, so keeping visual reminders is the best way to stay motivated. If your goal is to look a certain way when summer comes along, you need to remind yourself that the process needs to start during winter. Create a Pinterest board, post pictures and inspirational quotes around your house and keep reminding yourself why you’re doing it and that every day you don’t train, you’re one step farther away from your goal.
Don’t do it alone
Just like in any season, working out is better when you’re not doing it alone. We already mentioned signing up for a group class, but having a designated partner that trains with you is even more important. You will feel a mutual obligation to get each other out of the house and get moving. Even if you prefer listening to music and ignoring everything around you while you’re working out, having someone who will drag you out of the house and just be there, doing their own thing beside you, can mean the world.
Winter doesn’t last forever, but if you take a break from working out during the whole season, you will miss out much, and feel like you are at square zero when you get back to it. So, stay focused on your goals and you will be running through the cold in no time!