Keep the faith – 8 ways to maintain your motivation during winter

We all know it’s harder than usual to get outside in the winter months and that our natural reaction in winter is to huddle up and stay indoors. Therefore, in winter it’s twice as important to keep ourselves moving because we are already doing less than we would in the summer. Let’s look at ways to keep our blood pumping despite the dismal weather conditions.

1. Diarise your workout sessions
Open your iphone calendar and set a reminder for your work out sessions. If you have it in your calendar that every Tuesday you’re at the gym at 7AM, and ditto every Thursday at 6PM, you’re more likely to stick to the plan.  If you see it every day, this will soon become routine.

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2. Find an exercise class that you really like
If you love to dance, find yourself a Zumba class that suits you and make it part of your routine. If it’s an enjoyable activity, you’re much more likely to keep it up. And besides, the class is more than likely to be indoors so you won’t feel the cold – you’ll just feel good.

3. Buddy up
Work out with a friend. It will be much harder to cancel! Plus, if you know that your friend is already out of bed and is waiting for you by the riverbank or down at the gym, you’re likely to feel really, really bad if you hit the snooze button and roll over!

4. Join a sports group
If you’re the sporty type and like the idea of joining a netball/basketball/football group, the now’s your time. Once again, if you have a team of people that are relying on you, you will be much less likely to skip your exercise time.

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5. Work-out online
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, there are millions of free workout videos available online. Find a selection that appeals and bookmark them to keep in handy for wet, windy days when the thought of hitting the streets in the rain is just too much to bear.

6. Train for an event
Do you know of a fun run coming up in your community soon? Perhaps there is a City-to-Surf or even a triathlon competition you could get involved in. By committing to an event, there will be some tangible goal to work towards, and an even better reason to get off the couch.

7. Lay out your gym clothing
Preparing your gym clothes may seem like a small thing, but for those who exercise in the mornings, giving yourself even a small head start is a positive step. If you have clean leggings, singlet, tracksuit top, socks, runners, iPod, and windcheater all laid out ready to go, you can jump out of bed and get out the door in no time. Sorting through your underwear draw for a pair of matching socks and wondering where-for-the-life-of-you-you’ve-left-your-iPod is not a great start to the morning!

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8. Set your alarm and place it on the other side of the room
Place your iPhone or alarm on the other side of the room so that when you wake in the morning you can’t just hit the snooze button. Of course, you can always turn around and dive back under the doona, but you wouldn’t do that, would you?

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Vicki Tuchtan

Vicki Tuchtan

Vicki Tuchtan is the Academic Director at Sage Institute of Education. She oversees learning processes, teaching outcomes, resources and course development. A passionate advocate for bettering standards of training in Australia, she is currently writing her PhD thesis on defining quality training in the Australian vocational education sector.
Vicki Tuchtan

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