Winter is all about staying cozy, spending time with friends and family and avoiding the cold. Getting up the motivation to workout during the colder months can be a very real struggle indeed, and by the end of the season, you might find your fitness on a whole different level than when you started. Avoiding workouts might seem like an inevitability during this time of year but there is another way. By approaching your exercise routine with a different mindset, you can continue to work on your fitness and keep your body in check. Here’s what you need to tell yourself the next time you feel your motivation flagging.
- I Won’t Regret It
Rarely do you regret working out; it’s much more likely that you will regret saying no to your exercise routine time and again. The boost of endorphins that you get following a workout is enough to warrant gritting your teeth and getting on with it at the start. By the time that the exercise is done, you can continue on with your wintery activity completely guilt free!
- I’m Getting Closer To My Goals
Every workout undertaken is a step closer to where you want to be in terms of fitness. Avoiding exercising for long stretches of time can have serious ramifications for your progress and by the time you come to picking up the exercise reigns once more, you might find yourself a whole lot further back than before. Try and think of the long term when it comes to working out; you’re helping your body to get stronger for tomorrow.
- I Will Sleep Better After This
Sleep is a hugely important part of the healthy process and ensuring that you get adequate rest can make all the difference in how you feel and move. Heavy winter meals and long days inside can make it harder to get to sleep at night, increasing a feeling of restlessness. Exercise will counteract that feeling. Getting your body moving can tire it out enough in order to fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow. You’ll wake up the next day feeling all the more rested!
- Something Is Better Than Nothing
Don’t feel like committing to your usual workout routine? That’s ok! Even the shortest of exercises can help to improve your body for the better. Rather than staying at home and doing nothing at all, try carrying out a shorter version of your exercises. You will feel like you’ve achieved something, without totally exhausting your body.
5. It’s Only One Hour
Compared to most parts of your day, your exercise routine is a relatively short component. Taking a little time out of your busy schedule in which to workout can take a whole lot less time than you might have realized, and will have you feeling all the better in the long run. Exercise really isn’t a burden on your schedule.
- Dinner Will Taste Better
Piling on the food is something that a great deal of us do during the colder season but after a few nights in, it can start to really pile up on your stomach. Exercise can help you feel all the better. Taking a little time out to work up a sweat can help to boost your digestive functions and help your body to break down any food you take in afterwards more easily. When you know that you’ve worked really hard for your dinner, it will taste all the better.