As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder it’s definitely harder to stay motivated and keep up with your fitness routine and healthy eating. If the rain just makes you want to curl up with a big bowl of cheesy lasagne rather than jumping up and heading out to the gym, then don’t stress, you’re not alone! And I’d like to stress how necessary this can be for your mental health if it’s what you’re really craving, but it’s important to not get trapped in a comfort eating circle.
For myself, running becomes a slightly unappealing sport during the winter as it requires getting up before the sun, and literally running around in the dark. Of course I still do this regularly because I love it, and it makes me feel awesome, but it’s important to remember that being healthy shouldn’t be a chore. With this in mind, I’ve recently been trying out a few new ways to stay active and it’s kept me so much more motivated and stress free.
So I thought I would use this little post to share five tips to help you stay motivated this winter.
- Team up with friends. Getting a group together for a hill sprinting session at your local park is a much better way to get outside and enjoy a run around than dragging yourself out into the cold alone.
- Try something new. Recently I’ve started to push my boundaries and try out weight lifting and spin classes. Challenging yourself in new ways like this keeps the gym exciting. It should be fun guys!
- Wholefoods, wholefoods, wholefoods. You can still make warm, comforting meals and stay on track with healthy eating. Focus on nourishing your body with whole foods and lots of veggies. Just because it’s not salad doesn’t mean its not good for you. Try adding spinach to your curry and serving it with brown rice instead of white. You’ll feel an improvement in your energy levels I promise, and this will keep you even more motivated.
- Try not to compare yourself to others. Everyone is a work in progress so be patient and treat yourself with kindness.
- Cherish those rest days. A dear friend of mine recently reminded me of the importance of rest days. Listening to your body and having a chill out day at least once a week will stop you from burning out and leave you feel reenergised.
Take on tomorrow with a new found energy and keep these tips in mind throughout the week to keep yourself motivated and mindful.
Lots of love,