5 Tips to Stay Motivated as Winter Sets In..

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5 Tips to Stay Motivated as Winter Sets In..

Staying motivated as the colder weather sets in, is important  not only for weight management but also for our mental health.  Maintaining a good routine helps to establish long term success, not only in fitness but also other aspects of our life.  Maintaining a good fitness and health routine should be looked at as a long term investment to ensure you have a full and active life. Once the colder weather sets in, many people find it difficult to maintain a solid routine to workout.  Listed below are my five top tips to stay motivated as the cooler weather sets in..

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1/ Mindset: Eliminate the word ‘try!’  Using the word try – indicates no commitment.  You are giving yourself an opt out button. For example – ‘I will try and workout twice a week for a couple of weeks and see how I go.’

In this sentence you haven’t committed at all to improving your health and fitness by  exercising. What you have done is given yourself an ‘expiry date’ in a couple of weeks to opt out – guilt free.

Eliminate the word ‘try’ from your vocabulary and just commit.  Commit to improving your health, commit to losing weight, commit to choosing healthy meal options 80/20% of the time and commit to following through.  Always ask yourself – ‘did I really do my best?’   This will result in success.

2/ Goal:  Have a goal, this is really important. And I don’t just mean a vague rough ended type of goal, but a goal that is measurable and progressive.  Events are great for this.  Grab a few friends and sign up for an event together, ensure you give yourself time to prepare.  Having something like the event that you have signed up for,  gives you something to work towards. This is very motivating and gives you a sense of achievement once completed- it is a real buzz!  Be specific with other goals, as winter approaches perhaps you have a pair of jeans you want to fit into or you want to be able to do a push up on your toes and / or you want to be able to increase your fitness enough so you can smash out 60 sec of mountain climbers without stopping.  These are all measurable and progressive.  These small steps and successes which help to keep you motivated and moving forward.

journal3/ Lock it in:  Scheduling your workout for the week and writing out your meal plan is an important 20 min task that you should do every week as apart of your routine.   Look at your diary, schedule in your workouts for the week and lock them in – just like an appointment or work meeting.  These should be booked in and everything else should be worked around them.   Routine and consistency are the key components to developing new habits which, with positive habitual changes come lifestyle changes.  Maintaining routine also develops momentum, therefore the wheels are less likely to come off your wagon, and if one does – it usually is just one and it is repaired quickly and you are back on track in no time.  Therefore, plan ahead,  lock in your workouts and plan your meals, this will have you prepared and on track making super healthy meal choices and maintaining your exercise routine.

4/ Fun:  Get that fun-o-meter up to 100%!  Choose a venue which offers variety and not the same track and matching workout each week with a new variation every month or so.  Not only is this boring physically and mentally, but the body is not challenged and without a challenge the body will not change.  Switching it up is keeps things fresh and fun.. Find a venue that takes the time to prepare a new workouts, each week.

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5/ Support each other:  As a trainer, I love to see my clients supporting and cheering on each other.  Whether it is getting through that last pyramid round of burpees and/or  rope slams or even in spin class during tag races.   It is important for women to feel supported and encouraged – not a number but someone special and valued.  Support your workout buddies and enjoy feeling great.  Exercise is not meant to be a chore, it is something to be enjoyed and make you feel stronger and more energetic.

Don’t let the cooler weather keep you from lacing up and working out, keep up your routines and when Spring arrives and those shorts come of hibernation – you will be proud of yourself.

Click on My Weekly Planner to access your free weekly planner which you can use to plan your week in advance, be organised and prepared.  

Donna Smith

Specialist Trainer

Free 2b Me Fitness: Boutique Studio 4 Women 

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