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7 Ways to Stay Motivated to Exercise in Winter

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Published August 12th 2015
Winter is in full swing and I know as well as anyone that this can make it tough to stay motivated! The 2015 City-Bay Fun Run is fast approaching - it's only just over a month away! I have put together a few of my favourite winter motivation tips to ensure you are ready to go on the 20th of September!

Set a goal and create a vision board - Whether you are running for fitness, fun or for charity set your goal and make it clear with a vision board. If it's to beat last years' time - find photos of runners you admire, your favourite running shoes or what you are going to reward yourself with after the race. If it is to shed a few kilos, then find a beach holiday destination that you want to go to or a bikini you really want to buy. A picture says 1000 words, so stick your vision board somewhere you'll see it to ensure you stay motivated!

Focus your thoughts on the benefits, not the negatives - Imagine if you could do one thing that reduced your stress levels, gave you energy and improved your health? The good news is - you can! The bad news is that cold weather, dark mornings and your warm bed can often sabotage you. The positives of exercise outweigh the negatives every time.

Train with a friend - There is nothing more motivating than having someone right there with you to tackle the cold and the headwind - and of course hold you accountable for getting out of bed and working out! The workout is all the more worth it when you have someone to celebrate your accomplishments with.

Social Media - One of the best ways to stay motivated is posting to social media. Brag to your friends you're keeping on track and some may follow your lead. It will keep you accountable to continue a routine that you have publically stated! When posting your updates don't forget to enter the #citybayselfie competition!

Put your clothes out the night before - In the morning even the easiest tasks can seem harder, especially on winter mornings! Putting your workout clothes out the night before and ensuring they are in your view when you wake up not only cuts out a step in the morning, but reminds you that pressing 'snooze' isn't an option.

Freshen up your playlist - It's been said that the best music to exercise to is usually between 120 and 140 beats per minute, but don't be afraid to try different genres and find out what works for you. Ensure you change up your playlist to continue to inspire your workouts. Perhaps U2's Beautiful Day on repeat for winter? Spotify have great playlists, specific for running!

Get new workout gear - The elements are out in force at present and protecting yourself with some great new workout clothes will guarantee you stay motivated. Choose something snug and breathable for your base layer, a fleece or wool layer in the middle for insulation and a wind and water resistant jacket for those really tough mornings!

So get out there and do it - your bed will always be there. Don't be afraid of the cold; simply adjust your mindset and pull on your running shoes!

And if you haven't yet - register for SA's biggest Fun Run and give yourself a reason to train!
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