It doesn’t matter what season it is, motivating yourself to work out is never easy. But you continue to tell yourself next week will be different, that you have ages till summer. And then before you know it, it’s time to book your next summer holiday…but you haven’t done a thing to get your summer body in the best shape possible.
Don’t throw your health and wellness aside just because you aren’t wearing short shorts right now. Half-way through the most depressing season of the year, you have the time to reinvent the work-out wheel. In fact, winter is the best time to prepare yourself for those long, hot beach days spent in minimal clothing.
So with that said, suck it up and get started now. Here are my 10 tips to help make that happen:
#1. Buy new gym clothes
Look good, feel good! If you need to put a little pep in your step, try buying some new work-out clothes. Everyone loves shopping, and exercising will give you a great excuse to buy and wear new items.
#2. Try a class
Can’t seem to motivate yourself on your own? Try taking a boxing class — it’s a lot easier to keep going when it’s fun and there’s an enthusiastic trainer encouraging you to go, go, go! Bonus: it’s a great stress buster too.
#3. Grab a training buddy
Find someone to train with so it encourages you to actually go. You can take classes together and set goals together, which will make it even more fun.
#4. Make a schedule
The best way to create a routine is to make and stick to a schedule. It’s a priority so treat exercise like one!
#5. Try on that one “outfit”
Everyone has the one dream outfit that absolutely requires working out in order to rock. Why not make this outlook your permanent lifestyle?
#6. Detox your fridge
You can’t out-exercise a bad diet, so reinventing your fridge is a necessary step when getting into shape. Get rid of all the bad stuff you know you shouldn’t be eating and instead stock up with fresh natural produce like vegetables and lean meats.
#7. Don’t starve yourself
The biggest mistake people make is starving themselves. If you do this you are just slowing down your metabolism! The longer you starve yourself, the greater your chances of a horrible gut-wrenching binge later on. And everyone knows how awful food comas are.
Eat 5 small meals a day – it’s all about portion control. And make sure you’re eating protein with every single meal, you’ll feel fuller for longer and increase your chance of success.
#8. Find a way to be accountable
Sign up for membership – with ongoing debits you won’t be skipping classes. Find a work-out partner who won’t let your typical excuses fly, or set a realistic goal or holiday you know you can actually achieve, sign up for a transformation program like the 8 Wk Body Transform where you under the direct guidance of a trained professional.
All of these things will force you to stick to your routine. Remember: You’re doing this for you, so you’re only cheating yourself.
#9. Don’t focus on the number on the scale
Too many people get disappointed by the number on the scale and give up because they aren’t immediately seeing the results they want or think they deserve.
Be happy and motivated by what you look like in the mirror and how your clothes fit, not the number on a scale.
#10. Start being active on the weekends
Stop wasting your weekends sleeping in till late. These work-free days are perfect for doing what you couldn’t during the week. You have hours upon hours to yourself, so why not dedicate at least one to making yourself feel better?