Winter Motivation

Posted by Revive Personal Training on March 17, 2011

Winter Motivation
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The cooler months are about to descend and your motivation can take a battering. Keeping focused and on track can become the motivation itself… or thinking ahead to the warmer months… or turn that bad feeling into a positive action plan.

Cast your mind back to all the winters that have already past. Remember how after each one you scrambled to get the winter weight off? Well not this time, not again! Don’t become a victim of your past habits this year. Use these past disappointments to drive you to keep a check on your winter gain this year so you don’t go into spring with that sinking desperate though; “now I can eat salad again”…

Be proactive instead of reactive this year. Imagine this year you will unveil your hard winter’s work when the first shorts and tshirt day of spring arrives. Everyone else will be moaning about how they look while you are one step ahead of the crowd. Use this visualisation technique to put a zing in your training and a restraint on your winter comfort eating. Remember it is easier not to put it on than to take it off.

Change something. Train earlier or later. Get a training partner or try solo sessions. Ask your trainer to go indoors or outdoors. Buy some new training clothes you will be eager to try on in the cooler weather. Start a food diary to keep the winter binges under control. Try a new running or walking track.

Set specific goals and targets. Helpful in maintain a sense of direction when the dark mornings and nights encourage us to sit around more. For example, set a training target for the week. Count them off as they are achieved and then reward yourself. Don’t miss a session for a month and then have a week off! Go to the movies and see what you want to see. Aim to increase your time on your walk or run or bike or xtrainer and when you achieve it by a massage for yourself. Tell your trainer your plans and work out targets together. The act of telling someone helps to increase the likelihood of success.

Acknowledge the struggle and reward yourself accordingly. Getting up to exercise as the weather cools can be really tough. It is best to acknowledge and accept it. Embrace the challenge and remind yourself you are ready for it. When you do face the cold morning or the brisk evening for a walk or getting to the gym; be pleased with yourself. You did a great job and remember it didn’t kill you!!!! So you can do it again.


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