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Let’s face it; no one likes training when it’s cold and dark outside. However, it is really important to stay active during the winter months, not only for your physical health but also for your mental health.
Here are our top tips for keeping motivated and switching up your fitness regime for the winter months.
Train with friends
Everything is better with friends, and training in the winter months is no different. Heading to the gym or a fitness class with friends is a great way to stay fit and socialise. It also provides you with some accountability – you don’t want to be flaky, right?
If none of your friends fancy hitting the gym, head to a fitness class. These are a great way to meet like-minded people, plus an instructor will make sure you’re working hard throughout.
Wrap up warm
Heading out in the middle of winter in a pair of shorts and a t-shirt is a sure-fire way to lose motivation, not to mention catch a cold. Make sure you’re dressed for the occasion and wrapped up warm.
Layers are your new best friend, especially if you’re training outside, as they can be easily removed if you start to get a bit of a sweat on.
Try a seasonal sport
Colder weather does not mean you have to give up on sport. Loads of winter sports are probably a lot easier to get involved with than you think. Ditch your tennis rackets and give a winter sport like ice-skating, skiing or snowboarding a try.
Taking on a new challenge is a great way to stay motivated, keep fit and have fun.
Plan in advance
Scheduling your workouts in and packing up your gym stuff the night before is going to make you a lot more likely to stick to it. Write your workout in your diary as if it is a meeting at work and give it the same priority.
Set short, medium and long-term goals
You’re not going to achieve your fitness goals overnight and so setting short, medium and long-term goals is a great way to stay focused and motivated. Think about your long-term health and fitness goals and plan how you’re going to achieve them. Then set yourself medium and short-term goals based on this.
Don’t wait for the new year to come around to make yourself resolutions.
Read more about the importance of setting goals here.
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Staying motivated can be hard at the best of time, but it becomes all the more challenging when the weather gets colder.
Stick with it, mix things up and most importantly, remember why you started.