Beating the Winter Fitness Blues
If I plan to go for a run and it’s raining, I wont go. If I plan for a late afternoon exercise class and Andrew’s running late from work, I miss out. There are just too many excuses available as to why we can’t exercise in winter. It’s for this reason that I try my hardest to get it out of the way first thing in the morning.
When that 5.30am alarm goes off and it’s pitch black and under 10 degrees well….. you all know what picture I’m painting here.
We all get in those ruts where we lack motivation, are overtly tired or life just gets too busy, so to combat the old turn over and go back to bed I make sure that I consistently set and stick to fitness goals.
If your health and fitness is important to you then a constant reminder of why you are working out will make sure that you don’t lose sight of the bigger picture.
There are plenty of goals that you could set for yourself, you just have to find the goal that sings to you. Lose weight, tone up, get bikini body ready….the list of body changing statements goes on. But I find it’s the actual fitness milestones that really keep me on track to make sure I continue to workout through winter.
There are a few rules to follow when setting goals. It’s important to be specific and keep your goal realistic. Make sure you hold yourself accountable, as it’s not anyone else’s job to check up on you. Give yourself an achievable time frame. A goal that is too far away is easy to lose sight of.
Training for an event is a fantastic way to set an achievable short term fitness goal. Just by signing up you will find the motivation to continue to get out and train even if it is cold. A great event coming up is the Swan River Run in Perth. The fun run is only 19 days away (July 26) which gives you three weeks to train. This is a great amount of time to set and stick to a goal. If you’re just starting out the 5km option would be perfect! You can find more information on the event here.
Remembering the health benefits and the positive impact moving your body has on your life should be enough to keep you motivated throughout winter, but if like me you need a little something more than just body changing motivation, then find an achievable goal that sits well with you and go for it.
What are some goals you have set to stay focused and healthy this winter?