The days are getting darker earlier and motivation to workout is dropping right along with the temperature. Instead of watching all of November go by without lacing up your sneakers, lifting a weight, or unrolling your yoga mat, try these 4 tips to keep you motivated as we move into the cooler, darker months of the year.
Tip # 1 – Make it enjoyable
This is our number one go-to when we feel like we’re lacking motivation. Ask yourself, “Do I like ____?” If the answer is no, don’t do it. There are so many ways to add fitness to your life other than doing the same, mundane workout every. single. day. Even in the best conditions, if you dread your workout there will be more reasons NOT to do it. Shop around and try a new class or return to something you used to enjoy. And if you try something and you’re not loving it, Marie Kondo it and try something else. The possibilities of a well-rounded and fun workout routine are truly endless!
Tip # 2 – Make a consistent schedule
This tip is all about holding yourself accountable. Write out which days of week, what time, and what workout you are going to do. This takes out the guesswork and leaves less room for the internal dialogue to convince you it’s a much better idea to stay in your warm, cozy bed. It can be helpful to time block around work (before, lunch break, or after) and make it part of your daily routine. You can also check off the workouts as you go which will make you feel accomplished! As a bonus, a consistent schedule will ensure your plan is balanced to avoid overtraining and injury.
Tip # 3 – Hire a trainer
It can be really hard to do tip #2 alone, especially if you’re new to working out. Personal trainers will teach you proper form, figure out the best activities for you, and maximize your time during the workout. And overall, they will make the process much less overwhelming. Even if you’ve been working out consistently, a personal trainer can give you new ideas to challenge you. It’s always beneficial to have someone who is an expert to provide a fresh perspective and help motivate you to reach your goals.
Tip #4 – Redefine your why
There are 2 types of motivation, extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic motivation comes from the outside – think your group fitness instructor, personal trainer, or workout buddy. Motivation from outside sources is absolutely necessary, especially on those really tough to get going days. However, you can’t rely solely on extrinsic motivation. If you really want to stay motivated to work out in the cold and dark, you need to discover what motivates you. Maybe it’s that working out feels good and is fun. Maybe it improves your mood and is a good stress-reliever. Next time you’re working out, take a second to think about why you’re doing it. That why is what will create working out worthwhile and put your plan a reality!