Exercising in the dark – how to stay motivated when the nights draw in
Keep fitness goals going during winter with our easy tips.
When the temperature drops and it gets darker earlier, it can be easy for fitness regimes to fall by the wayside. In the summer it is far easier - we have our bodies out more, the weather is warm and the bright sunlight makes us feel bad if we don't exercise. In winter months however, the temptation to crawl under a duvet with a mug of hot chocolate is overwhelming. So what can you do to maintain motivation during this time?
Remind yourself why you're doing it
Whether you have a goal to lose weight, you're looking to improve your fitness or you simply enjoy the way exercising makes you feel - it is important to remind yourself why you exercise. Write this information down and put it up somewhere you'll see it every day for a visual reminder.
Motivate and prompt yourself
Utilise technology and try out some goal tracking and fitness apps to keep you motivated. We love Fig, a fab little app that prompts you to complete your goals on a daily basis. It may also help to leave yourself some visual cues - put your running gear by the front door, or your exercise DVD in front of your TV.
Try something new
Getting stuck in the same routine can get boring, and if you're bored you are less likely to want to work out. Mix things up a bit and try something different this winter; if you're a runner, why not incorporate some Pilates to strengthen your core? Or if you normally exercise alone, why not join a local sports team?
Attend a class
If the thought of going outside to exercise leaves you cold (excuse the pun) why not sign up for an indoor class instead? You'll meet new people and learn new skills in a brighter, warmer environment.
Invest in winter workout gear
For some, getting out in nature to exercise is imperative. If this is the case, make sure you are equipped with the right clothes so you stay warm while exercising - this will eradicate any excuses about it being too cold.
Work out during daylight hours
If all else fails, why not exercise at a different time of day? If you can be flexible with your working hours, take advantage and fit in some exercise during the day - if not, try going for a walk or run on your lunch break.
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