6am: Bleep, bleep bleep the alarm rudley screams out in the dark and when you reach out to hit snooze you immediately feel the crisp morning air on your bare arm. Brrrrr winter has arrived John Snow, and the thought of leaving your warm cocoon in bed, even to pee, is very unappealing. Go for a walk? No way, I’m staying in bed a little longer!
Sound familiar? Well, you’re not alone in the struggle to stay motivated when it’s cold outside.
Walking on Sunshine
If it’s too hard to get out of bed in the dark, then don’t fight it! Plan your day so that you can take a break at lunchtime or mid afternoon when the air is warm and the sun is bright. Setting out for your walk or jog whilst the sun is shining will have the added benefit of absorbing some vitamin D to help boost your immune system and it will help fight off Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Yep, it’s a thing and medical professionals think that it’s related to lack of sunlight during the shorter autumn and winter days. According to Grant Blashki, Beyond Blue's Lead Clinical Adviser, the main theory is that a lack of sunlight might stop a part of the brain called the hypothalamus working properly.
Dressed for Success
Roxette sang it - you should consider it. Spend some of your hard-earned on a new kit so you can look the part and keep warm at the same time. Feeling comfortable in correct fitting clothes and shoes is the first step to your success; and will pay-off by giving you so much more motivation over the next few months. You know the saying; fake it till you make it! Read the 2020 Ultimate Guide to Ethical Activewear - by good on you for some great options to keep you dressed for success.
Lean on Me
Lean on me when you’re not strong and I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on - get yourself a motivated exercise buddy. Someone to make you accountable of course but mostly someone who you can chat with and forget about the pain of exercise. Think of it as self care and make time to catch up with a friend (or two). Admit it, you’re less likely to hit the snooze button if your girlfriend is waiting for you at the end of the street. Am I right?
Risin' up to the challenge of our rival
Just like Rocky you need to set some goals and celebrate your achievements. Hit those steps and when you get to the top shout it out to the world! But seriously, if you don’t have a goal to reach you won’t have any focus or motivation. Make your goals achievable for you - we’re not all the Rocky in the Eye of the Tiger. Read more great tips on How to Set Realistic Fitness Goals You’ll Actually Achieve
Let’s Get Physical
Taking part in a class or doing something out of the ordinary will help bring some life back into your workout. Yoga and pilates classes are great if you want a last-minute workout, and they’re usually indoors. Do you live near a National Park or headland? Find great hikes in your area, take a friend and enjoy some views.
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” - Albert Camus, Nobel Prize-winning philosopher
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