The temperature is dropping and maybe our motivation is as well.
It's that time of year when we have a tendency to hibernate and seek comfort in food, sleep and time indoors. That’s when our exercise schedule can fall by the wayside and maybe those early goals we set ourselves get pushed to the back of our mind.
Staying motivated during the cold winter months is not easy. It can be hard enough getting out of bed, let alone putting on a pair of joggers for a frosty morning run or a work out! It’s easy to say “it’s too cold or dark to go out and exercise”.
As mentioned in Part One of our Mindful May post, exercise is a great way to boost serotonin in our brain. So we need to remind ourselves why it’s important to keep our body moving, even through the colder months.
Remember that you CAN still exercise inside. Yes, it’s cold on the way to a class but we all know it doesn’t take long to warm up while doing a Box+ or Punch+ class at the studio! How about setting up a mini circuit at home, using a treadmill or even using a skipping rope - a good alternative if you're stuck at home with sick kids.
Winter also means mid year, so now is also a great time to reflect on the goals you have set for yourself and to remember why you have set them. You may not be where you’d hoped to be at this time of the year and this weather may be getting you down.
Seek out support from those around you. Strength in numbers is powerful, so find those buddies and arrange some workouts and classes together. Not only will you have more fun working out it will also help encourage and support you and keep each other accountable.
Treat your goals like a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t hold back and in the face of challenge, stand empowered and don’t be afraid. Believe in yourself and be proud of who you are and what you have achieved so far.
Look for the positive in every situation. It is easy to slip into a negative mindset and it can be hard to get out of it. What you focus on can grow and magnify into something bigger than it really is. Make conscious, intentional choices to be positive. Where your mind goes, your life follows.
Most importantly, be kind to yourself and your body. It's hard to stay motivated when you don't take enough time to relax and recover which can leave you feeling tired and sluggish. After that winter work out, treat yourself to a long hot bath with some salts to soothe tired and aching muscles and remember to make sure you are getting enough sleep.
The enerG+ team are here if you need extra help in staying motivated to fight those winter blues.