Let’s face it – in the autumn and winter months your morning alarm cuts through like a knife . Who wants to get up at 6am on a winter morning to go to the gym before the world stirs awake. All we want to do is snooze the alarm for the next hour and roll over to the other side of the bed. It is an all too common scenario out there. We make up all kinds of excuses not to go to the gym, especially during autumn and winter, when the cold outside is biting and the warmth between the sheets is inviting. If you are stuck in this rut, here are a few ideas to motivate you to keep working out.
GET A GYM BUDDY
Running against yourself has never been a proven approach to getting better at anything. When you get someone to exercise with, they bring along the much-need competitive edge in your workouts. And if its someone you enjoy hanging out with, then you will always have a reason to wake up and grab your gym bag or head to the local gym after work. In addition to that, this arrangement keeps you accountable because you don’t want to be the reluctant member of the tag team.
TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
If you don’t see the results of your efforts, then you will get demotivated pretty fast. However, if you know how things are going, you are always excited to reach the next milestone. To be able to do that, you need to equip yourself with the right tools. There are applications that chart a graph of your progress against time, allowing you to see how much weight you are losing over specific time spans and examples include FitBit and MyFitnessPal.
The chills of the winter are the most common reason why people fail to get out of bed and head to the gym. To combat this, have your gym clothes right by the bedside so that you can slip right from the warmth of your night clothes to the hugging comfort of your gym clothes. Your barrier could also be that you feel sleepy because you went to bed too late the night before. Here, you could simply go to bed early and be ready for your morning run or gym exercises when the alarm beckons.
Do not set too high a bar for yourself. Sure, there is always the pressure to push yourself to the limit, but you need to tamper your expectations and set realistic targets. When you set the bar too high and fail to achieve your targets within a specific frame of time, you end up having zero incentive to wake up and go to the gym because deep down, you feel like you have failed yourself.
The autumn and winter months are, without a doubt, the hardest times of the year to hit the gym. To overcome the temptation to just lie in, surround yourself with positive energy, make it easier for yourself to wake up on time and above all, choose a gym that is convenient to you.