It doesn’t matter what season it is, motivating yourself to work out is never easy.
Because, honestly, when the temperature is less than your age, the motivation to walk outside and actually make it to the gym or to a class is as far away as Memorial Day Weekend.
Instead of just sucking it up and going, you tell yourself next week will be different and you have months until summer… but before you know it, it’s time to book your first summer vacation and you haven’t stepped foot in a gym for months. Don’t throw your health and wellness aside just because you aren’t wearing short shorts right now.
In fact, winter is the best time to prepare yourself for those long, hot beach days spent in minimal clothing.
So how can you encourage yourself to exercise when all you want to do is curl up under the covers?
Fight the weather.
If you are one of those people who stays close to the couch after you get home from work, you’re not alone. To fight the urge to stay inside, pack a gym bag and bring it to work. You’re already out for the day, so you will have no excuse to skip the gym.
If you’re hungry, eat!
The biggest mistake people make is starving themselves. If you starve yourself, you are slowing down your metabolism! If you want to eat, then eat! Just remember portion control. The more you starve yourself throughout the day, the greater your chances of a horrible gut-wrenching binge later on in the day…and we all know how awful food comas feel.
Strip your fridge.
You can’t out-exercise a bad diet, so reinventing your refrigerator is a necessary step when trying to get into better shape. Get rid of all the bad sh*t that you shouldn’t be eating and stuff your fridge with fresh fruits, Greek yogurt, vegetables and lots of healthy items.
Don’t focus on the number on the scale.
Too many people get disgruntled by the number on the scale and give up because they aren’t immediately seeing the results they want or think they deserve. If you want to set a goal, by all means check your weight at the start, however, don’t let that number drive or dissuade you. Be happy and motivated by what you look like in the mirror and how your clothes are fitting, NOT the number on a scale.
Buy new gym clothes.
Look good, feel good! If you need to put a little pep in your step, try buying some new work-out clothes. Everyone loves shopping, and exercising will give you a great excuse to buy and wear new items.
Find a way to be accountable.
Sign up for classes with a cancellation fee and you’ll be penalized for skipping; find a work-out partner who won’t let your typical excuses fly, or set a realistic goal that you know you can actually achieve and plan a vacation within a reasonable timeframe ( don’t aim to drop 20 pounds by next Thursday).
All of these things will force you to stick to your routine. Remember: You’re doing this for you, so you’re only cheating yourself.