Your alarm goes off. You press snooze. The next thing you know five more minutes in bed has turned into an hour. With winter quickly approaching, the comfort of your bed starts to sound much more appealing than facing the cold weather. As the days get darker and the nights seem to be colder it’s easier to find yourself wanting to snuggling up with a cup of hot chocolate rather than tackle the cold to get yourself to the gym. Let’s face it, we’re human. As the temperature drops, so does our motivation. The Canadian winters that I face every year always seem to test my willpower. However, I’ve learned a few tips along the way that have helped me keep my head in the game and beat the winter blues.
Set yourself up for success
If you fail to plan, plan to fail. Be proactive and try and make things easier for yourself to succeed. Get your workout clothes ready the night before and place them beside your bed. Open your blinds before sleeping to create some natural light in the morning. When you make things easier for yourself, you’re also making it easier to stay on track.
Change it up
Winter time means less hours of daylight and let’s be honest the last thing on your mind after a long day of school or work is getting to the gym. Instead of dreading your evening workout make time for a morning workout or head to the gym at lunch. A change in routine can easily spike your motivation so why not give it a shot?
Use the weather to your advantage
Winter workouts don’t necessarily mean hours in the gym. Get outdoors. If you live in a place that gets snow like I do, try something seasonal like ice skating, snowboarding or skiing. Even if you don’t get snow, getting outdoors is always refreshing.
Laziness seems to get the best of us in the winter time. Stopping by McDonalds starts to seem a lot more convenient than taking the time to cook yourself a well-balanced meal. Instead of falling into that habit set aside a time where you can prep your meals for the upcoming days. Personally, having ready to go meals in the fridge to pop in the microwave or take with me on the go doesn’t leave much room to make excuses.
Music is your friend
I’m sure we have all experienced the devastation of getting to the gym and realizing you forgot your headphones or music. Music is motivation. I like to change up my playlist every once and a while so it doesn’t get repetitive. Go home, download a bunch of songs that bring you back to summer time. It may not take away the cold but at least you can reminisce about the warmer weather while you sweat it out.
You know yourself better than anyone else. You also know your excuses, so prepare yourself for them. If coming home from work to get your gym bag usually turns into watching Netflix then something needs to change. Avoid making a stop home by taking your gym bag to work with you. Problem solved.