Winter always means colder temperatures and shorter daylight time. This can have an adverse effect on your workout and fitness routine. It is the time of the year where physical activity dips for many people because of inactivity. It gets worse because there is a lack of motivation even to go to the gym.
As much as it may seem like a challenge to work during the coldest season of the year, there are a couple of things you can do to stay motivated. You don’t have to strain yourself just to catch up with your routine and momentum.
Most people tend to gain weight during the holiday season because there is a lot of merrymaking. The calories go up as the physical activity reduces. It is always going to be a pain starting again when you had made tremendous progress with your workouts during the summer. Here are some winter workout tips that will keep you motivated.
1 Look for a Workout Partner
It is going to be hard to keep going at it alone. There are days where you will not feel like getting out of bed even if you have to be at work. Look for a partner that won’t let you slip during your trying days. You’re likely to be more accountable knowing that you will be disappointing someone when you don’t show up to the gym. The support should be reciprocated as there are days when your partner will not also be motivated to go to the gym.
2 Healthy Eating
It is easy to be carried away during the holiday season because there is a lot of inactivity and food going around. You will be called for parties where there is plenty of junk food and alcohol. Alcohol and unhealthy foods will definitely have a negative effect on energy levels. Continue with your diet and avoid taking a lot of alcohol during the festive period. Bad feeding habits will definitely spiral down to other parts of your workout routine. Your workout partner should also keep accountable for what you’re consuming.
3 New Stuff
The same workout routines can be boring and even more difficult to follow when there is no motivation. Gyms know about the winter too well and are always trying new regimens so as to keep people going. You can also research on some workout routines you can do at home which are just as effective as going to the gym.
Trying new physical activities could help you fall in love with the old ones again. You can invest in new gym equipment that doesn’t take a lot of space and will give you a new obsession with working out.
4 Virtual Coaching
Winters can be brutal and sometimes you’ll be forced to skip the gym because of the weather. With a virtual coach, you get to try new exercise routines at the comfort of your home or office. You get the guidance and the needed motivation in a comfortable environment. It is important to do your research to ensure that the virtual coach is educated and trained. Even if you’re going for YouTube videos, make sure you’re following a trusted person whose advice should improve your workout routine.
5 Set Winter Goals
You don’t have to go into winter with the same goals when you started out in the summer. Since winter is always going to be challenging, you can write down some goals you’d like to achieve. These goals will keep you motivated even when you’re having a bad day. The goals you set should be in line with your overall fitness and workout objectives. You can decide to enroll for a half-marathon and the winter can be used as a time to prepare for it. All you need is an impending deadline to keep you motivated.
6 Buy New Gear
New gym gear will always motivate you to work out regardless of the season. There is no way you will fail to go to the fitness center when those new shoes are staring at you. Since winter also falls during the holidays, it is always good to reward yourself with new gear so as to keep you focused and motivated.
7 Change Time of Workout
It is only natural to try and exercise early in the morning or late in the evening during the summer. You can change it up and try exercising at lunch hour during winter to keep with the same level of fitness. You could also change the time that you go to the gym.
8 Treat Yourself
It is always a nice feeling when you meet your targets. You can bring a hot beverage to the gym to treat yourself when you achieve the fitness objective for the day. Bring enough to pass around and you’ll be the most liked person in the gym.