Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out in Winter

By | December 3, 2017

 

1. Find a workout buddy

If running in the dark is your only option, find a friend or group to work out with. Many cities offer outdoor boot camps to help keep you motivated and accountable. If it is too cold to work out outside, join an indoor class.
They are boutique gyms for specific types of exercise, like spinning, heart rate training, barre classes, and yoga. Or you can join a local gym that offers classes for free. Bonus if you recruit your friends to meet you there.

2. Set up goals and then reward yourself when you meet them

If you are having trouble getting motivated to get sweaty every week, promise yourself a (non-food related) reward for working out 3-5 times a week. You can keep it small or go big.
If you are a runner or triathlete, you can set a goal race to help keep you on track. Or you can motivate yourself with spa days, mani/pedis, and new clothes or books.

3. Hop in the shower

If you are a morning exerciser, hop in the shower before your sweat session. It can be difficult to get out of bed when it is warm and cozy and you know it is cold and snowy outside. Heading for the shower first will help you wake up and remind you that you need to get your workout in and not go to sleep.
Lay out your clothes beforehand, so you can put them on immediately after. Do not stop to drink your coffee unless you have to. The faster you get out and go, the better.

4. Keep your workouts short

If you are dreading a full hour workout, then only go for 20 minutes. Those 20 minutes are much better than nothing at all. You can try HIIT ( high intensity interval training ) for an effective short indoor workout.
Most HIIT sessions last no more than thirty minutes. If you need some cardio, try doing intervals on the treadmill. This can help break up the boredom of running on the treadmill and can make you a faster and more efficient runner.

5. Consider trying a new workout

If you hate the cold, maybe now is the time to explore hot yoga. If you normally run, try getting cardio on a row machine or stair climber.
Try new weight workouts or strength training exercises like resistance bands, suspension training, or lifting heavy weights. You might find a new favorite workout.

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