If you notice a distinct slide in your motivation to exercise during the colder months…you’re not the only one!
Most people don’t relish the prospect of exercising if it’s cold or raining, but giving up your regular fitness program during the colder months can be disastrous to your long term goals –keeping to a regular fitness program is one of the keys to maintaining good health.
In fact, your morning workout is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Exercising early in the morning jump-starts your metabolism, keeping it elevated for hours and energizes you for the day. So, to overcome the temptation to hit snooze and emerge from winter’s grasp feeling and looking all the better for it, here’s my 8 Smart Strategies To Avoid The Winter Workout Slump:
It is so much easier to get up when you are well rested. If you don’t think this will be enough, try moving your alarm clock out of arm’s reach so you will be forced to get out of bed to turn it off.
Schedule your morning workout session with a friend. Knowing someone else is counting on you to be there will make you less likely to bail. Post on social media that you are planning to do a boxing class at Dynamic tomorrow. You’ll feel a bit silly if you don’t go when you said you would…so #dontbail!
Group boxing classes are so great because they bring out the competitive spirit in you! Make it a goal to catch up to that fit person you’ve been watching. When holding focus pads encourage your partner to go harder and when it’s your turn you’ll get the same treatment!
Every minute you shave off your morning routine, the easier it will be. Have your bag ready with full water bottle by the front door and your workout gear laid out on the floor or chair beside your bed so all you have to do is literally roll out of bed, put on your gear, grab your bag on the way out and go!
Prepare your breakfast the night before so that as soon as you get back from your early morning workout you’ll have plenty of time to eat before going to work.
Oats can be cooked in advance and stored in the fridge. Heat, mix, add some protein powder, voila! Done. Get on with your day.
Boxing classes are awesome fun! Bring your instructor at Dynamic an awesome play list. If you made it, you are going to be inspired by it to workout harder. And when fitness is fun, you are more likely to jump out of a bed on a cold morning for it!
Monotony is the enemy. To reduce the likelihood of pulling your doona up on a wet cold morning, mix things up to ensure your routine doesn’t become stale and gives you new challenges to look forward to. Try a HIT or SHIOC class. Go for a run. Try some hill sprints.
A big fitness goal, like running your first half-marathon or fun run might be just the trick to keep you focused and on top of your training. Events like these are often done in tandem with raising funds for a worthy cause increasing your accountability and giving you even more reason to get up and train.
Have you thought about training up for obstacle course race? We do them all the time at Dynamic. Yes, they are actually loads of fun! We’ll be starting Spartan Prep Training in SHIOC class soon for the September 7km Spartan Race and we’d love to have you join us. Go on, get out of your comfort zone, challenge your mind and body and feel amazing about your achievement after.
And of course, don’t forget we’ve got the in-house Dynamic Boxing Physical Challenges. Complete my physical challenges to win up to 6 weeks free membership. Get involved. What’s the worst that could happen? You win some free membership time? You get fitter and stronger?
You know what this means…no more excuses!