Tried and tested winter workout tips that work (well for me anyway)!

If you’re anything like me, you start every winter with the best intentions of maintaining your workout schedule, but the colder and darker it gets, the harder those intentions are to stick to, the longer the nights, the longer my warm, comfortable bed holds me hostage. Well here is what I have found works best for me during the cold, dark and wet (here in the Cape) winter months.

1. Get an exercise partner

This tip has ALWAYS worked for me, whether it’s winter or summer, if I have a friend to train with and I know they are waiting for me, I’m far less likely to bail out of our planned workout activity.

Aside from the pressure to just show up, workout partners also provide social interaction, camaraderie, support, and most importantly a distraction from the cold or bad weather.

 

2. Focus on the mental health benefits

If I’m honest, I have to admit that there are many times when I simply don’t feel like working out, but I have learned over the years that including a workout regularly into my daily routine is about SO much more than weight loss, or fitness or calories in calories out or whatever your motivation is, I’ve learned that regular physical activity, even if it’s just a walk, does wonders for my mental health.

And it’s a proven fact that people feel better and are less stressed and more relaxed when they include regular exercise into their routines, especially if they suffer from seasonal affective disorder.

3. Work out online

This was a game-changer for me during hard lockdown back in March of 2020. I joined an online class and have never looked back. I love the convenience of it, a workout, in the comfort of my own home, when I don’t even have to put my workout clothes on, I can literally do it in my pajamas on the carpet in the sun spot in my bedroom.

The past two years have revolutionized how we live and exercise. If the gym isn’t your thing, there really is no need for it, with literally thousands of online classes in every discipline now available. My favorites are Hiit, Pilates and Yoga and regularly incorporate these into my daily routine.

4. Let go of the all-or-nothing mindset.

This was a game-changer for me. I’ve always been such an all-or-nothing kind of girl and that often sets me up for failure. So if I missed the beginning of a workout, or I couldn’t commit to a full hour of exercise or if I missed my first two workouts for the week, then I’d automatically default to writing the week. But honestly, it’s not about how we show up that counts, it’s showing up!

So now if I have a crazy busy day or I run late with my schedule, then I remind myself that even 20 minutes on my treadmill is better than nothing at all and that has really helped keep me on track.

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Did you find these tips helpful? What is your best tip to maintain your workout motivation in winter?

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