As the cooler months roll in, it can become a lot harder to maintain that fitness motivation that you had during the warmer months. Not only is it colder but the days are shorter, which often makes you feel as though you’ve got less energy in your body to give to exercise.
Despite the recommendation of getting twenty minutes of exercise per day, the reality of keeping up with that, let alone a fitness routine of any kind in the winter is tough. However, it’s important to remember that it’s healthy and mentally beneficial to look after your body through fitness.
With that being said, here are some top tips for keeping fitness motivation high throughout the winter months this year.
Take Advantage Of The Daylight When Exercising
While the days might be shorter, it’s important to remember that there are still plenty of daylight hours to take advantage of. Whether that’s earlier in the morning, a midday workout during your lunch break, or catching those last few hours before the sun goes down.
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Try to take advantage of the daylight when you have a chance, especially when it comes to the winter months as they are limited in comparison. When you see the sunshine, get yourself up and take advantage of what time you do have available, even if it’s a small workout in between finishing work and prepping dinner.
Make A Plan And Stick To It
A plan is something to have when it comes to keeping motivated. When you have a plan, you’re less likely to deter from it and will tend to feel more focused as a result. Working out is challenging during the winter because of the darker nights and just generally feeling more tired.
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However, if you’re willing to work hard for your fitness this year, despite feeling unmotivated, then creating a plan is a good way of helping get that motivation back.
At the same time though, it’s important to make a plan that’s realistic and is not going to have you exhausted by the end of the week, unable to do anything else.
Get A Personal Trainer
A personal trainer is a good way of being held accountable for not showing up. Some might even become a personal trainer in order to improve their efforts when it comes to exercising.
While you might not need to go to that extreme, considering the services of a personal trainer might be just what you need in order to stay motivated. Personal trainers are a great way of helping get a better understanding of what workouts and exercises work best for you.
They can help work towards a goal you might have when it comes to fitness itself, whether that’s toning up, maintaining weight, or losing it.
Switch Up Your Exercises And Workouts
To tackle the winter blues, a good way of making the most out of your workouts is by switching them up every so often. Doing the same exercises or workouts every day is likely to become mind-numbing, let alone harder to keep up with.
With that being said, take a look at some of the top exercises and workouts to do during the winter months and vary what you do each week. That way, you’re more likely to stick at it, rather than giving up at the first hurdle.
Take Visual Progression Photos
Visual progression photos are something to always be mindful of when it comes to working out and maintaining that motivation during your fitness efforts. Sometimes, the visual progression is what’s needed to keep at it, especially when the nights draw in quicker.
With that in mind, take visual progression pictures of your body and update these every month. Over the months, you’re likely to see a major difference in the appearance of your body, which in turn, will certainly help improve your mental wellbeing too.
Keep Up With A Good Night’s Sleep Every Night
Finally, and one of the most important parts of staying motivated when it comes to fitness, is making sure you have a good night’s sleep. A good night’s sleep is going to ensure that your body repairs itself from the day’s events and gets energized for the day ahead. This is important and something you definitely want to do in order to improve your efforts when working out.
Staying motivated when it comes to fitness is tough but if you’re following these tips, you’re more likely to keep up with your fitness throughout the winter months ahead.