The summer that never really arrived (in England) has passed and as we welcome Autumn and all of the beautiful moments that will come with it, the dark days and cold mornings can sometimes have a negative impact on our gym motivation.
Why go for a run in what looks like to be the middle of the night, when you could have a few minutes extra in bed? Training in the winter may not be your favourite thing to do, but here are a few simple tips to help you to stay motivated when it’s cold outside and all you want to do is drink hot chocolate and eat mince pies, pork pies, apple pies… all of the pies!
Preparation is key when you are training through the winter months. If you are training outside, check the weather to make sure that you are wearing something weather appropriate. If you are training indoors, put together a gym routine. I find that doing this leaves very little room for procrastination because instead of lying in bed and thinking “I wonder what to train today” or ” I wonder if it’s going to rain”, I have already checked the weather and I know my routine so can just get up and go.
Opening your eyes to find that the sun hasn’t made an appearance makes getting out of bed sometimes seem like an impossible task, especially when you are tired. Try to get a decent amount of sleep to help you feel a little bit perkier on the mornings when the skies are grey. And on the days when you haven’t had a good night’s sleep, coffee is your friend.
With the sun setting before we have even finished working, after work activities are usually off the cards but exercise classes are a great way to help you to squeeze in a bit of exercise before you call it a day. Take advantage of your gyms many exercise classes or discover new fitness studios in your area. Having a fitness instructor to guide you through the exercises will spark a bit of gym productivity, because no one wants to get singled out for lagging behind!
Never underestimate the intensity of a good home workout! Insanity regular features in my workout routine during the winter months because I can do it in my front room and it’s actually really hard! YouTube is another go to place when it comes to home workouts. I go to Scola Dondo for an Afro beats workouts, Lottie Murphy for Pilates and if you in “HIIT exercises” in the search bar you will be greeted with thousands of home workout videos. You can literally get a six pack in your front room.
Join a Running Club
Joining a running club in the winter sounds crazy but it’s not as bad as you think, just wrap up warm and wear gloves! I love running in the winter sun and being surrounded by other runners really does make me feel warm. Join a running club or simply grab a few of your friends and take to streets. Have a clear route mapped out to prevent getting lost in the cold and if you are running in the dark, wearing reflective clothing is a must.
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