January fitness aspirations are nearly in jeopardy because of the ferocious temperature drops, instead of running in the dark and cold streets we are running baths. The freezing temperatures are yet another battle to face in addition to the darkness, the return back to work and the potential Christmas tummy which is extra noticeable when leaning to put on socks in the morning. How do we get motivated when this happens?!
I am here to tell you that there ARE ways around it, I’ve already helped you with some motivation to wake up early and exercise so now I’m giving you a few pointers on combating the perils of Winter.
Find the reason
We all have a magic code when it comes to exercise. Your reason for exercising might be to reduce stress and clear your mind, it might be to escape the family for a cheeky half hour run around the block or it might be to shift a few pounds and to tone up. Your reason now needs to be identified and you then need to think of how you will make your reason a reality, here’s a few ideas of how you can make it happen:
- Sign up to a race
- Fundraise money for a charity close to your heart
- Create a workout timetable
- Join a gym
This year my reason is to challenge my body and push myself to run a half marathon again. After 18 months of on-off injury, I now feel like running is accessible again to me and that my body is handling the additional mileage and physical activity.
How will I achieve this? Well, to kick things off I will be running the Battersea Park 10k because it’s a good distance to be running and all my current race medals have 2015 on them now…Have you signed up to an event yet?
Join a club (or get a PT!)
A club is a quickfire way to getting motivated this Winter, the added social element and the prospect of a coach or trainer challenging you should help big time. Don’t forget I’m a personal trainer, wink wink 😉
Have a quick squizz on Google to see what nearby netball clubs there are (www.gomammoth.co.uk) or try a different approach to fitness through games that take your mind off the fact that you’re exercising with Rabble (joinrabble.com/).
This Winter, I joined up to Ealing Eagles, a thriving running community who offer a number of different training sessions which you can pick and choose from to work for you. My first session with the Eagles was on an ice cold, chilly night down at the Perivale Athletics track – there is absolutely no way I would have stepped out of the house if I wasn’t running with these guys so instantly the feeling of belonging to a club and doing a set training session made me take off my dressing gown and drive over. (Yes, I was wearing my dressing gown in the evening, the heating hadn’t kicked in and I couldn’t feel my feet, we’ve all been there).
Change the timetable
Is there something which is stopping you from exercising? Anxieties, lack of confidence or tiredness can really cause problems after some time off from exercise or when committing to new fitness challenges. Have you considered changing your timetable slightly so you can exercise at your optimum time. Why not pick a gym closer to work and make your morning commute a bit earlier (and a bit quieter)? If you have showers nearby at the office, then pack your running kit and your shower gel and go for a lunch workout when it’s light, you may have to work another half hour as it’s a real squeeze to get a workout done and get changed in an hour.
Running at night time might be a concern for you as a lone runner. I was told a nightmare story from another runner about how they were followed when they were running a few weeks ago, I’m not sure I’ll let the acts of a few wrong’uns affect my attitude to running outside in the evenings but there are a few things I can do to not make me vulnerable as a runner.
Read some of these tips for running in the dark by Tina writing for Runtastic.
Three small but punchy tips on how to stay motivated even when you’ve lost all the sensation in your toes. Have you set your reason yet? Let me know by commenting below.