Winter can be a tough time to maintain fitness, especially here in Maine. The cold, snow and sometimes icy conditions make it difficult to get outside and run on some days. That coupled with it getting dark at 4pm can really make it hard to stay inspired to exercise.
I know that I am not alone in my struggle and many athletes have slumps where motivation can be lacking. This can happen at any time of year, not just during the winter months, so today I am sharing Five Tips for Finding Fitness Motivation.
Five Tips for Finding Fitness Motivation
Change it Up
If your old exercise routine is feeling lack luster, try joining a gym to help get moving again! You can find Gyms Near Me to find something that is suited to your every need. The off season is a perfect time to try a Zumba or Cross Fit Class at the gym to add some variety to your workouts. These classes can be fun and motivating to get back in shape!
Workout with a Friend
I love working out with friends! It is great for accountability because if you are meeting someone, you are much less likely to make excuses; such as, “I’m too busy”. Having an exercise buddy also makes the time go by quicker and can make workouts much more enjoyable! So next time you are feeling unmotivated, recruit a friend to join you at the gym or go for a run!
Schedule an Appointment
Treat your exercise plans as appointments with yourself that you can not cancel. One thing I like to do is write my training schedule down each week in my planner, so I have certain times of each day blocked off specifically for my workouts. I make sure not to schedule anything else in those blocks of time unless it is a true emergency!
Set Realistic Goals
Set a goal for yourself to achieve and work towards it. For example, if you are just getting back into running, a goal may be to run 3 miles straight by the end of a few weeks. One thing that always gets me motivated is signing up for a race, which serves as a goal. If I know I will be doing a half marathon at the beginning of the Summer it is a huge incentive for me to stay on track! One thing to keep in mind though is to make sure the goal is attainable!
Write it Down
Keeping a journal of your workouts can be motivational and inspiring. It is also a great key for accountability to write down what you have done each day. It helps track progress, which can keep you on the right path to reach your fitness goals as well.
So Tell Me…
How do you stay motivated during the winter months? Will you give any of these tips a try? What is your favorite workout to do when time is limited.
Thank you so much for stopping by. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. have a great week!