Let’s face it, motivation goes out the window for a lot of us during the colder months. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve lived in the UK, it just seems to bite you when you’re least expecting it. And whilst you could just hibernate throughout the winter months, you’ll feel ten times better for moving your body and getting sweaty! I’m not immune from lack of motivation, so here are my top tips to get racing out the door.
Do it with someone else
I have a few clients who train with their partner, and they both say it makes all the difference because they’ve made a commitment to one another. Chances are once you’ve set a date and time in the diary, you’re more likely to show up and have a decent workout. Ask your friends, the ones you least expect might be feeling exactly the same.
Book a class
I’ve been doing more classes in the past month, it’s quite nice to have someone else to tell me what to do. Plus working out around other people is always more motivating. There’s so many classes our there from spinning, to full body so finding what you enjoy and make it a weekly commitment.
Sleep holds the key to a happy and healthy life, within reason! It’s so easy to brush it off as another “health fad” but if there’s one thing that you should prioritise over anything else, it really is sleeping. Aim for 7-8 hours per night. Now I know if you’re a parent, you’re probably rolling your eyes at me right now! BUT, try and make it work for you. We’re all different beings, with different lifestyles. Even if you work on getting just an extra hours sleep per week, that’s an awesome start.
Find your routine
If you have time in the morning, EVEN if that means getting up earlier than usual embrace that. I won’t lie, I hate the world when my alarm gets off (I’m only human). But once I’m up, walking to the gym I’m so grateful for it. It can take a week or two to get into the swing of the routine, but once it’s there the whole process will feel a whole lot easier.
Suck it up
Sometimes it comes down to habit and discipline, not motivation. And when that time strikes, get your trainers on and get out the door. Once you’re there, getting a sweat on you’ll feel loads better. Plus, you can chill on the sofa afterwards.
Whilst not ground breaking, it’s the simple things that work. Try giving these a go and let me know how you get on! You can find me @oliviafurner across all forms of social media. I’d love to hear from you.