How to stay fit in winter when all you want to do is curl up

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We’ve all been there – it’s dark, cold, and all you can think about is watching your favorite show eating a large bowl of ice cream. This may sound like a nice treat on a Sunday evening, but surely not sustainable or a healthy lifestyle choice.
As tempting it might be to curl yourself up at home, getting yourself into a fitness routine will do more good for your body than another evening on your sofa.
In fact, exercise is one of the most important things you can do to stay happy and keep your immune system strong. Not just during the winter, but all year long.So if you struggle to keep your motivation up, I’ve got your back. Keep reading for more motivation tips.

Make your work out accessible

Why choosing to train 5 miles away from your location when you could complete a similar workout just around the corner? Unless you’ve found a gold master class and you willing to stick with it, try to make your workout routine as accessible as you can. If you go to a gym, choose a gym near home or your workplace. If the gym is not for you, exercise outdoors, at home or jog from work to home.  Your training will be more consistent and you’ll be less likely to find excuses when your motivation is low.

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Find your ideal time

We all have different lifestyles. What may the perfect time for your friend may not be the best choice for you. Forcing yourself to a 6am session when you are not an early bird is very trendy (and certainly admirable) but can you really sustain it all through the year? Find the time(s) that will truly make you happy. For one of my client Clara, lunchtime is the ideal time to workout. She gets a healthy break from work and still get times to spend with family and friends after work. What’s yours?

Set yourself some goals

Not having goals is akin to going on a journey without a map (or your GPS). You are more likely to be frustrated and end up at the wrong destination.  By setting clear goals and recording your progress, you will make sure that each time you train, you do so with purpose.

So whether you are looking to lose weight or tone up a specific part of your body, make a plan, track your progress in a journal and only make changes when necessary.

 Buddy up

Working out solo is not made for everyone. So why not training with a friend who wants to achieve similar goals? You’ll not only be motivated but also work harder. Several studies have confirmed how working out with a buddy or in a group setting can help you to work harder in a positive manner. And the stronger (or faster) your friend is, the more you’ll push yourself. So go for it!

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Try something new

The saying goes: time flies when you’re having fun. Sowhether it’s dancing, swimming, fit boxing or spinning, try as many activities as you can until you find the right one for you. You’ll be more likely to stick to your workout routine and maintain a healthy lifestyleif you really enjoy what you do.

Create the perfect playlist

Have you ever noticed that badass feeling you get when you listen to a soundtrack that really resonates with you? That’s because music is so empowering, especially when you exercise. It elevates your mood, distracts you from pain and fatigue and increases your performance. So if you haven’t done it yet, it’s time to update your Spotify playlist and get your body moving to your favourite tracks!

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Look the part

You may find the idea of looking good pointless when you are sweating all your toxins away. But you’ll get more motivated if you are wearing a nice tank top than your old T-shirt. Yes. Even if you workout alone at home. Research has shown how bright colours such as red or orange workout clothes in particular, could increase our motivation and in turn, our overall performance. So if you haven’t renewed your workout wardrobe for ages, now may be a good time to do it. Read this guide to get more tips on how to buy flattering fitness clothing for less.

16 Comments
  1. Soonjoo says:

    Love your blog! This is great tip especially for me I need to set goal if not it’s really difficult to get motivated!

    1. repnpepper says:

      Thank you Soonjoo! Let me know if you have any questions!

  2. Joanna says:

    Great tips! I’m on my couch now, but you have motivated me to go do some planks!

    1. repnpepper says:

      Hahaha well done it’s a good start!

  3. Tatjana says:

    Buddying up is probably my best way to stay motivated to work out during the winter when it’s so dark and hot chocolate and the TV call my name…

    1. repnpepper says:

      Yes and it’s so much fun as well!

  4. Tj del mundo says:

    Love this. It is hard to get motivated everyday. I think you motivated me haha.

    1. repnpepper says:

      Thank you TJ. I’m so happy to hear this!

  5. Jenna says:

    Some really good tips! And exactly what I needed right now. I love to keep fit but its been snowing here recently and my snooze button has been being hit!

    1. repnpepper says:

      Thank you Jenna! Working out at home may be a good alternative if it’s too cold to exercise outdoors.

  6. Marina Rosie says:

    Obsessed with this post – I’ve been a lot less motivated because of the cold lately! xx I’ve completely changed my playlist! x
    Marina xx

  7. Ashli says:

    These tips are so useful! I’ve really gotten off track! But no better time than the present!

    1. repnpepper says:

      Definitely! It’s never too late!

  8. Lena Juice says:

    love these captures 😉 great motivation!

    The White Ocean

  9. Jane says:

    I love these tips! I like staying fit all the time but sometimes is just hard especially in winter! Setting goals is really important, and ooh the playlist. Thank you for sharing.

    1. repnpepper says:

      No worries Jane. Thanks for your lovely comment!

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