Five ways to maintain your fitness routine this winter

Getting out of bed during early winter morning can be the biggest hurdle when it comes to maintaining a fitness regime.

It can be so tempting to hit snooze on your alarm for the tenth time just to stay in bed where it is cosy and warm, while skipping your morning workout. It can be very to easy to just say you will start again in spring and sleep in the rest of winter. However, compared to Australian summers, winter mornings provide crisp blue skies and a fresh atmosphere.

Here are some tips on how you can jump out of bed on those cold mornings.

  1. Give yourself a reason
    By giving yourself a really good reason to get out of bed in the morning it will be much harder to hit snooze on your alarm. Your reason can be something as simple and easy as organising to run with a friend, meeting a client, or working out with a coach. Motivate yourself by remembering the fitness results or goals you want to complete by the end of winter.
  2. Goal setting
    As mentioned above, having a clear goal in mind is great motivation to get out of bed in the morning. It isn’t always possible to have a training buddy, so find a way to set yourself up in the morning for success by knowing what you want to achieve. The key is to make it important and meaningful enough for you to want to get out of bed.
  3. Prepare the night before
    It is so easy to let your morning routine interfere with your motivation to get up and be active. By preparing for the next morning and eliminating future decisions, you give yourself the best chance at sticking to your fitness routine.
  4. Ease yourself into it
    If you do not consider yourself to be a morning or winter person you may need to ease yourself into your fitness routine. Start by just getting up 20 minutes earlier than you normally do. From there you can add another 20 minutes until you reach your desired wake up time. If you are struggling to cope with your new rising time, it may be a sign you aren’t getting enough sleep. If so, you should try getting to bed a little earlier. If you don’t enjoy working out in the morning then try and change up your routine. This could include working out after you get up and before you have dinner. You might also like to try incorporating some exercise into your lunch break.
  5. Compromise with yourself
    Remain true to yourself, if you don’t want to work out first thing in the morning, create a compromise you know you can stick too instead. An easy compromise you can make is “you only have to go for 20 minutes”. 20 minutes is short enough to not feel daunting, but long enough you will be able to get into a groove. At the end of the 20 minutes, if you have truly had enough, you can stop and continue your day knowing you have at least completed some form of exercise.

A great way to get yourself out of bed and socialising with others, is by participating in a winter sport team. Here are some ideas to help you get started.