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.
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.
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!
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!
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.