8 Tips to Stay Motivated During Cooler Months
As we head in to cooler months, it can be easy to put your fitness goals on the back burner (hello sweater weather). But just because it’s getting colder outside doesn’t mean you can’t still break a sweat every day! As a trainer, the number one thing I hear people say the reason they don’t stick to a regular workout routine is because they lack motivation. Here are 8 tips to help you stay in swimsuit shape all year round!
1. Find your “why” and train with purpose.
This is the most important aspect of finding motivation to do anything in life! Whether you are working on staring a new exercise program, eating a healthier diet, or making a complete lifestyle change for the better, finding the true reason WHY you want to accomplish a goal will give you insight into what exactly you are truly motivated by.
2. Invest in at-home gym equipment.
Some of the most effective and challenging workouts only require your bodyweight and a set of dumbbells! There are so many ways you can get a good sweat session in the comfort of your own living room. Resistance bands, dumbbells, kettlebells, jump ropes, etc. are small and simple pieces of equipment you can keep stored away and pull out on a cold morning you don’t feel like getting out and going to the gym.
3. Post on social media.
Find your community online and use social media to hold yourself accountable. Snap and share a photo of your oh-so-aesthetically pleasing bowl of oatmeal or a post workout selfie and share with your friends what you did for your routine today. This is a great way to find support and encouragement to continue pursuing your own health and fitness goals and you may even inspire others with your posts.
4. Rock cute workout gear.
There is just something about a new, bright colored sports bra or a fun patterned pair of leggings that motivates me to smash out an intense workout! I actually just got this new set from MyProtein and I am obsessed with the colors and the way it fits. Not to mention: this mint colored neo sports bra & heartbeat leggings are both under $25 with the 35% off code “MPCSAMB35”
Some of my other favorite brands:
Zella Pro by Nordstrom
Under Armour Women
5. Eat CLEAN.
Eating clean is one of the best motivators to get up and get moving. Whole, nutritious foods will give you the energy you need to conquer your daily workout! Fitness includes more than just working out. It is a combination of movement, nourishment, and mindfulness. Fueling your body with healthy foods is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
6. Mix it up! Try a new class and find your community.
Joining a fitness studio not only gives you a structured workout class that guides you through movements geared towards a specific goal (yoga, barre, boxing gyms), but it gives you a sense of community that will help keep you accountable when it comes to showing up to class. The community, energy, and support aspect of a group workout cannot be replaced!
7. Schedule a regular workout time.
When you have a routine in place, it makes it more difficult to skip your workout. Think of it like scheduling an appointment with yourself that you cannot miss! Your workout is your time to focus on yourself, your health, and your goals. Getting in a routine will make it easier to show up every day.
8. Think about spring: it will be here before we know it!
It may only be September, but cooler temperatures are already upon us. When I walk to class in the mornings it is starting to feel super chilly! As we head in to cooler months, try not to lose sight of your fitness goals just because it’s not the summer season. Spring will be here before we know it!
How do you stay in shape during the fall and winter months? Leave a comment below. I want to hear from you!
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