If these cold, dark days are adding to your lack of motivation to get to the gym, we don’t blame you. Few people actually enjoy getting out of their warm blanket and doing a morning workout and, lets be honest, how easy is it to blame the weather for not making that evening session? Luckily there are a few things we’ve learnt along the way that can make a huge difference to your motivation, no matter what the weather is like outside.
Here are our Top 5 winter workout motivators:
1. GET MORE FOR LESS
Let’s cut to the chase: when it comes to exercise, we want the workout that burns the most calories in the shortest amount of time, especially when we’ve had to convince ourselves to get to the gym in the first place. The best way to do this is to work really hard for short burst. For example, sprint for 20 seconds on the treadmill, rest for 10 seconds, and then repeat for a total of four minutes.
2. START WITH SOMETHING YOU LIKE
Love a good dance? Book a Zumba class. Love working out with the support of a team? Try a HIIT class or if you enjoy a core workout more than cardio or weights, start your workout with some sit-ups or planks. By doing something you enjoy as soon as you walk in the door, you’re more likely to feel good sooner (thanks happy endorphins!) and sweat it out a little longer.
3. CHECK-IN ON FACEBOOK BEFORE YOU LEAVE WORK OR WHEN THE ALARM GOES OFF
Once you do that, there’s no getting out of it. You’ve not only committed to yourself but by making it public you’d be lying to anyone who saw the post on their Facebook newsfeed if you didn’t follow through.
4. DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF GOOD TUNES!
Discover the songs that fire up your workout and put them on at home while you’re getting ready or in the car on the way to the gym. Keep them pumping in your headphones once you get to the gym for a fun and energetic workout.
5. FIND A WORKOUT BUDDY, OR TWO
Exercise partners provide a powerful combination of support, accountability, motivation and even healthy competition. Pinnacle Upwey Member, Sarah V agrees saying “the best thing about working out with friends is you inspire each other to push further and harder and help keep each other motivated. Sometimes motivating others can be motivating in itself!”
Thanks for the healthy tip Sarah!
*Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and/or muscle gain over an extended period of time.