Exercising in Winter and How To Stay Motivated

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It took a while to arrive but winter is definitely here and I know how hard exercising in winter is and staying motivated to do so.

Last week was 8 degrees at 6am and as a personal trainer in the inner west, getting up early goes with the job, but it doesn’t mean I have to love it.

Every year personal trainers train half as many people in the winter compared to the rest of the seasons. This is a concern as I know the impact of what missing too many workouts can do!

In this post I share with you my top tips to exercising in winter and how to stay motivated.

1. Visualisation

Have you ever heard of visual cues or a vision board? If you can picture reasons in your mind about why you need to keep up with your training then it’s more likely to actually happen.

Below I’ve listed some ideas to get your visualisation started:

• Use this time to think as training and getting ready for summer.
• Visualise how you will look in the new summer clothes you will buy.
• See yourself in the park working out and warming up.
• Think about the end game and the great feeling of accomplishment after the session.

2. Self-Talk

The power of self-talk is mind blowing. When we think positively we act positively! Here are some great self-talk tips to keep your motivation and positivity up:

• I am not going to let a bit of coldness stop me from being the best I can be.
• If I skip a workout it will be harder next time so keep it consistent.
• You’ve done great work already so don’t let it go to waste, keep it going!
• Show up for the team and be accountable.

3. Preparation

Exercising in winter and getting up early is extra hard. Like anything in life if we get prepared then it removes the need to think negative thoughts to stop us from going to training.

Here are some ideas to get organised the night before to make jumping out of bed the next morning a little easier.

• Go to bed early.
• Check the alarm is set at the right time.
• Have all your gear laid out ready, with beanie and gloves on hand!
• Dress appropriately.

Regardless of what you end up choosing to do, it’s important to stick to your routine as much as possible. If you’re working out three days a week at a certain time, continue that through winter.

What you do doesn’t matter as much as long as you keep yourself moving all year round! Or as Nike says Just do it!

The Mums The Word Fitness team has training sessions all through winter so check the timetable for a session that suits you.
See you in the great outdoors,
Cathy.

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