With a few colder snaps this last week (and more on the way by the sounds of it!) I think it’s safe to say that Winter is well and truly here. When it’s cold, dark and wet it’s easy to see why motivation could dwindle. But if anything staying on top of your exercise and healthy eating regime this time of the year is just as or even more important than during the warmer months. Heres why:
- Mental clarity
- Well being
- Prevents weight gain during the festive period
Today I just wanted to share a few strategies with you to help keep you focused and motivated on your goals during the winter:
Focus on pain – 90% of us are motivated away from pain. Sometimes it’s good to take advantage of this. So let me ask you a question. What are the implications if you don’t continue with exercise and healthy eating during the Winter? How will you look and feel come Spring time? It’s not nice to think about, but the answer to this question can be a powerful motivator.
Set a small “Winter” goal – Sure, you’ve probably got a big goal you’re working towards, but to bridge the gap why not set a small goal to work on during the winter. It could be related to your big picture goal or something completely unrelated. Bonus tip – Tracking progress towards this goal can be very motivational. Make sure you’re tracking your progress on a weekly and monthly basis.
Tweak your modes of exercise – I know many of you reading this enjoying incorporating running and cycling and other outdoor modes of exercise into your weekly routine, but when the cold, wet weather sets in it’s all to easy to out these type of activities on the back burner. Consider exploring some alternative modes of exercise that are more viable when it’s wet and cold out. For example a gym or home based resistance workout.
Use online coaching – The online coaching platform with ABC fit is a great way to eliminate the guess work around your goals. This is a truly custom and guided process to keep you motivated, accountable and seeing results. You’ll get access to a specialist app, Aaron – your own coach, personalised workout plans and tasty meals plans to follow. To learn more about joining head back to the ABC fit homepage and fill out the enquiry form you’re greeted with.