Our mental attitudes over summer and winter can be drastically different, especially if you’re one of the 1 in 3 of us who suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Temperature and light both have a direct impact on our body rhythms, meaning that when they change so radically it’s difficult for us feel like ourselves.
This means that we may start to lack motivation in winter, or go into a bit of a slump, and lose sight of the importance of staying fit.
We’ve identified the three biggest challenges of retaining motivation over winter, and have given our top tips on how to beat them.
When it’s hard to get out of bed:
We get it, it’s warm in there. It’s comfortable, it’s cosy. But it’s a trap! In the long run, you’ll thank yourself for getting up and getting started!
- Prepare yourself an exciting breakfast the night before. Overnight oats are a delicious start to the day, and versatile too. Pair your oats with different fruit combinations so you have something new to look forward to every morning!
- If you’re planning on working out first thing in the morning, put your workout clothes on the heater the night before so you can get out of your warm bed and into your warm clothes.
- Invest in a lamp that simulates natural light for a more refreshing start to the day. The light cues your body to feel alerted and energetic throughout the day.
When it’s hard to leave the house:
Okay you’re up, but maybe you don’t need to go outside. You can just put on comfy clothes, stay home, reply to a few emails while slouching over a coffee?
- After getting out of bed, jump straight into the shower and then get dressed immediately after. The water on your face will wake you up, while getting dressed will set you up in the mind set of accomplishing tasks.
- Make sure you have weather appropriate work out wear! No morning is too cold if you’re wearing the right clothes for it.
- Warm up indoors. It’s important to warm up the body before exercise anyway, but doing so indoors will leave you desperate to get out into the fresh air.
When it’s hard to remember the point:
Over winter, it’s easy to lose the drive that we kept up during summertime. With no shorts or swimsuits to be seen in, we may start to feel like we don’t need to be keeping up with fitness.
- Focus on how exercising makes you feel, not how you look. When we bury our bodies in thick coats and jumpers, a little extra weight on our tummies may not seem like such a big deal. However, the feeling of confidence and accomplishment doesn’t have to be dress dependent. One suggestion is to write down how you feel after every work out, and read it back when you’re looking for some drive.
- Make yourself a timeline and write down what exercises you want to do weekly. A twelve-week timeline starting now will take you into the New Year, making you realise how fast time flies! One added bonus of this is that you’re able to monitor your progress, another added bonus is that it takes three months to build a habit. By the time New Year’s Resolutions come around, you’re already ahead!
So beat hibernation season with these tips, not forgetting the importance of a balanced diet.
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