Is there anything better than waking up in a nice warm bed when you can hear the rain and wind lashing the windows outside?
The only downside is that you promised yourself a trip to the gym, or a morning run…and now you’re comfy in bed, who wants to head outside in the early hours of a winters morning?
Dark, freezing mornings and dark, gloomy evenings are all it takes to ruin your best intentions of exercise and getting active. So, how can you stay motivated during the most difficult time of the year? Read on for 5 ways to keep yourself driven and active during winter. You got this!
As a parent you’re probably juggling the kids getting ready for school, doing all the pack lunches, ensuring everyone has their P.E kit and water bottles, remembering school trip money and everything else! So, trying to get everything ready first thing in the morning and head out for a run or to the gym before the school run can seem a little overwhelming.
Getting organised will help. Write and print out to-do lists to help you, and everyone else will remember what they need and where to find it – you’ll find ink cartridges of every style here. Encourage everyone to do their bit and help you out!
Consider exercise as “Me time”
I’m sure you’ll agree that when you have little ones at home it’s difficult to find any “you time”; even trips to the bathroom are usually less than private! So, to help you stay motivated throughout winter, consider your exercise and active period as your “Me time”. Try not to look at is as a slog but remember that it’s time spent strengthening your body and mind. You’re working on and looking after your health. And it’s also a chance for your to clear your mind and reduce your stress levels.
Get yourself a gym/running buddy
If you enjoy your exercise sessions, be it a run through the park, a HITT session in the gym or a yoga class at the local community centre, you’re more likely to stick to your routine if you have someone to go along with you. Having a gym or running buddy will make your classes more enjoyable and you can encourage and motivate each other when you’re struggling to get out of bed!
Switch up your routine
If you’ve fallen out of love with the particular type of exercising you were doing, and the combination of bad weather and boredom is making it all too easy to quit, then consider trying something new. From swimming to dance classes, a Pilates class or something fun like Clubbercise. The world of fitness is extensive and there are a lot of options to try, so get excited about a new routine and push yourself out of your comfort zone.
Get the right equipment
Don’t forget to update your exercise equipment during the winter: A lightweight jacket, plenty of layers, ear warmers, gloves, good quality footwear with strong grip etc. Remember, just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you have to let the bad weather spoil your motivation!