It can be hard to motivate yourself to workout sometimes, but even more so in the cold, winter months. I’m currently training for a half marathon (in April) and I know how tough it is to lace up my sneakers and head out into super cold temperatures…or even snow, like I did today.
Since I’m actively trying to keep myself motivated to workout this winter, I thought I would share a few tips that may help you get out there too!
∇ Bundle up!
As if I need an excuse to go shopping…but really, if you go out and buy a new warm top, vest or long pants, you’ll be way more likely to actually put those new clothes on and get outside!
Some of my current favorites: Nike Dri-Fit Leggings; Nike Thermal Leggings; Nike Pro Long Sleeve Top; Forever 21 Reflective Runner Top; Old Navy Compression Jacket; Brooks Half Zip Jacket; Zella Half Zip Jacket; Adidas Insulated Vest; North Face Vest
∇ “Summer bodies are made in the winter”
I hear this every year, but it’s so true! For those of you who aren’t totally comfortable wearing a bathing suit in the summer (myself included)…NOW is your time to kick ass with your workouts. There are SIX MONTHS until summer and you can make amazing progress between now and then. Pick out a workout plan (and meal plan) and stick with it. You’ll be so happy you did when it comes time to lay out in the sun this summer.
Unsure of where to start? Here are a few options:
(Free) Tone It Up – Karena & Katrina are two amazing trainers who set out weekly workout schedules so you don’t even have to come up with ideas on your own…and a lot of the workouts can be accessed for free on youtube! They are currently doing their New Year’s Challenge – 6 weeks of fun, new workouts (and an accompanying nutrition plan if you pay to become a member).
($) Sweat With Kayla – Kayla Itsines created a 12 week workout guide, where you do light cardio 3x a week and HIIT circuit workouts 3x a week.
($) Fit Body Guide – Anna Victoria also created a 12 week workout guide. It’s similar to the one by Kayla, but this one gives you HIIT circuit workouts 3x a week and then on the 3 days you do 30 min of cardio, she also gives you a 10 min ab circuit to complete as well. (I’m currently on Week 5 of this plan and loving it!)
∇ Sign up for a race in the spring
If you’re into running, signing up for a race 3-6 months out is a great way to stay motivated and on track. It doesn’t have to be a full marathon or even a half…there are plenty of shorter distances (5K or 10K) and you can search here to find races in your area!
In December, I signed up for TWO half marathons in 2017…one in April and one in September. This will force me to stay on track with my running all year long, since I dedicate 12 weeks of training for each half marathon. If you’re looking for a running plan, I recommend checking out Hal Higdon’s training schedules – there are so many variations, depending on your running experience. I’ve been using them for years!
∇ Lay out clothes the night before
Pick out your workout outfit and set it aside for the morning. If you don’t have time in the morning, pack up your outfit and bring it to work with you. You’ll be prepared to go to the gym straight from work and won’t get sucked into doing things at home instead.
My friend (Kristina) mentioned to me that she brings her gym bag to work and signs up for an evening gym class, like Body Pump or Spin, in the morning while she still feels motivated to make herself go at night. Find what works for you and stick with it!
∇ Workout in the morning
Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier and get that workout done first thing in the morning…before your brain is ‘awake’ and realizes what you’re doing! But seriously, it’s really beneficial for your body to get moving when your first wake up. Even if it’s just a 20 minute walk or quick HIIT circuit. Kick start your metabolism and keep it working hard all day long!
∇ Workout at home
If you don’t have access to a gym, it’s completely possible to workout at home. Be creative with the space and household items you can turn into equipment. Have a sturdy chair? Use it to do step ups! You can pick up inexpensive weights (I suggest getting 5lb dumbbells) at places like Target or Walmart.
∇ Stay focused on your goals
This is a more open-ended tip, where it really depends on what works best for you. I like to create a vision board full of motivational phrases and pictures of inspirational fitness leaders. Putting a vision board in a place you will see every single day will help keep you focused on your own goals and motivate you to stick with your workouts.
Another option is to write out your workout schedule each week either on a big wall calendar or your daily planner (or both!), so that you see it there each day and can cross off a completed workout.
So tell me…what works for you? Comment below with any other tips that help keep you motivated during the winter months!