Motivation is something that can come and go easily. That’s why having a good routine will help you a lot when it comes to eating well and exercising.
Winter is a time when motivation tends to be the worst – mostly because it is freezing outside, but also because you’re always wearing lots of layers of clothes so no need to stay in good shape when no one is going to see it, right?
I know it’s hard to stay motivated in Winter and at other times. I know I definitely experienced a lack of motivation this Winter. But it’s Winter here and I’ve got my modjo back, so want to share with you some tips that will help you do the same!
1. Find The Best Time Of The Day To Workout
If you know that you’re not going to get out of bed at 5am in the Winter to get your workout in, then don’t make this your workout time. Workout when it is best for you. If you’re better at working out in your lunch break in the middle of the day – do it! Just make sure whenever it is, it’s when you know works best for you and that you will actually stick to it.
2. Try A Gym Class
Sometimes it’s hard to drag your butt to the gym when you know you’ve got a really hard workout planned. That’s when a gym class can come in handy! They’re my favourite when I’m not feeling motivated. You often push yourself much harder in a class than you would on your own and you don’t really have to think about it. Try it for yourself!
3. Be Organised
Have a workout and eating schedule and stick to it. Schedule in your workouts and make them dates with yourself that you can not change. If your friend wants to catch up for dinner, re-arrange for another night/time that suits or arrange a later dinner after your workout. Make your workouts your top priority!
Plan all of your meals for the week. This will prevent you from buying unnecessary junk food at the grocery store and also prevent you from eating out. Eating out a few times a week can be costly and can also slow down your progress. I like to try and plan every meal for Monday to Friday and try not to eat out during the week.
4. Get A Workout Buddy
Get yourself a workout buddy and schedule in when you are going to work out. That way, it is much more difficult to skip your workout as you won’t want to abandon your friend! And you can help motivate each other, but during your workouts at the gym, and outside of the gym too. If you’re really feeling dedicated, get yourself a personal trainer and pay for your sessions up front – that way you can’t cancel!
5. Set A Winter Goal
Set yourself a little Winter goal. It doesn’t have to be extreme. Maybe you would just like to maintain your weight through the Winter, or finally be able to master push ups on your toes, or sign up for a fun run. Make sure it’s a goal that you will work hard to achieve and it will help give you that little bit of extra motivation when you need it!
I get injured a lot- and the recovery time can be varied, from 2 weeks to up to 6 months. Is there any way I can exercise while injured? (Mainly in leg)
Hi Calla, that’s a bit of a tough one because it depends on what body part you injured and how severe it is. I would get advice from a physio on what exercises you can do and then either work with a PT to help you or you could do the exercises on your own xx