As the darker evenings start to draw in, and the days get shorter it can be difficult to keep motivated to exercise. Try these top 5 tips to keep your training mojo!
1. Get more natural light
It’s well known that the amount of natural light we experience has an effect on our moods and motivation. For most of us, simply spending more time outside can help, but for the more serious condition of Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), treatment via light therapy can be very effective. Even if you haven’t been diagnosed, investing in a natural light wake-up lamp or lightbox can do wonders to lift your mood and increase motivation.
2. Keep warm
It may sound obvious, but exercising in the same kit you use in summer is a sure way to freeze your motivation. Invest in some thermal compression clothing to retain heat in the colder months, and dress like an onion – It’s all about the layers!
Nothing gets you ready to work like an earful of your favourite tunes, but the trick is in the preparation. Setting up a number of workout playlists in advance will keep things fresh and motivating. Training to the radio can be too unpredictable – trying to squeeze out those last 10 squat jumps to the morning traffic report is less than ideal – so never forget your earphones!
4. Spend more time on warm ups
It’s especially important to warm up before exercise when it’s colder. A 5 – 10 minute warm up inside will not only prepare your body, but also your mind. Clear away the cobwebs, get the heart rate up, and help you feel energised!
5. Connect with others
Join a club or group for your chosen exercise, through social media, blogs, or good old fashioned meet ups to boost your motivation. Even if you still train alone, you can report on your training to others and support each other. Nothing banishes the desire to skip training more than knowing you have to tell everyone! Having a training buddy or group to exercise with can really help get you up and out. They’re waiting for you, don’t let them down