It seems that it is harder to hit the snooze button and get out from underneath your warm cover in the cold winter mornings. Thus, a mindset change is required for you to stay motivated and keep working out with the same intensity as you did during hot, summer days. Beat winter discouragement by setting goals to aim for and constantly reminding yourself of all the positive effects that your actions will have on your life. Stay motivated for exercising by:
Setting a goal
Whatever you plan to do, you must first set a goal that you will strive for. If your summer exercising goals seem not to work, then it is time for some reorganizing. Set another aim, like a few percent reduction in body fat or a 3 kilos’ weight loss in a certain period of time. Put a picture of a fit bodybuilder, a bikini that you want to buy for the next summer, or whatever image works for you, on the fridge. Whenever you go to grab something from the fridge, you will see that picture which represents the result you want to achieve by exercising, and it just might keep you from diving in for another snack.
Focusing on the benefits
Always remind yourself of the positive effects that exercising will bring. When you sense the demotivating worm trying to creep in through the back door, get a scrap of paper and write down all the benefits of physical exercise. It is difficult to get out of bed at 6am every day or stay focused during work hours. Stick that piece of paper on the fridge beside the motivational picture, and whenever you feel stressed and overwhelmed – read it.
Getting a personal trainer
Personal trainers are not there just to show you how to properly perform your exercises. No, they are also there to motivate you. Whenever you have a problem or come over an obstacle, personal trainers are there to provide answers to all coaching questions that may bother you.
Recreating early morning sunlight
According to a WebMD article, a small study showed a connection between early morning light exposure and having a lean figure. 54 adults participated in the study, and those who were exposed to brighter light earlier in the day were the slimmest. Buy a lamp that simulates natural daylight by gradually increasing the light early in the morning. It will help you activate your internal clock and start the day.
Instead of getting demotivated by the coldness of your room in the morning, set the thermostat timer to warm your bedroom about half an hour before the alarm sets off. You can also put your training clothes on the radiator so they get warm when you want to slip inside them after waking up.
Tuning your alarm
Try starting your day with some favorite tunes. Instead of the same old boring and irritating alarm clock sound, use your smartphone or iPod, and set it to play a specific song. Browse through your music playlist for songs that get you going. The result? Getting out of bed on the first try.
Finding a training companion
Things are achieved with much ease when you have someone with whom you can achieve them. Having a friend that will jog, work out or walk with you in the morning expects you to show up. When you know that someone is waiting for you it will act as stimulation for jumping out of bed and getting out.
With a proper mindset and a few easy tricks, you can get out of your bed and start your winter workout in no time. With a strengthened will and determination – there is no such thing as bad weather. In the end, embrace the weather conditions, get out and breathe the cold air, it will toughen you up.