By Geo Chang, personal trainer
Don’t let the winter blues beat your workout motivation to the ground. Stay Motivated through the cold weather with these tips.
The winter months typically start out fun and full of cheer. But then as the social gatherings subside , somewhere between a freezing January and a wet March, high spirits can turn into the winter blues for even the most motivated among us.
Although it may be tempting to find the nearest pillow, blanket, and dark cave so you can hibernate until spring, exercise is a much better strategy for relief from the seasonal doldrums. When you’re just not feeling great, however, even your workout motivation level can fall to zero.
Here are some tips to change your mood around and get back in shape!
1. Change Your Environment.
One of the dreariest things about winter is how bland everything can look-gray streets and gray skies don’t make the prettiest picture, after all. To overcome this, sometimes all you need to do is change the environment you can control!
This could be your workout space, the music you are listening to, or even your workout clothes. If it’s dreary outside, you have to do everything you can to add some color to your world. Buy some new leggings you love, or sign up for a guest pass at a brand-new gym for a week.
2. Get Outdoors
Gazing at the cold, dreary weather from your bedroom window may be making things tougher. Don’t sit there and mope about the weather; go out and be a part of it! Spending time outdoors, even if it’s just a brisk walk, can provide a dose of mood-boosting vitamin D
3. Get A Workout Partner
It’s much harder to crawl into your winter-blues cave when you have a friend waiting for you at the gym. A workout buddy will help hold you accountable so you will feel more motivated to train. Set short-term weekly goals for each other, and be sure to make your workouts fun.