Guides: 5 ways to stay motivated during winter

By Claire Deane

 

Our motivation to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle can take a bit of a side step as we battle our way every morning to get out of bed. It is with this in mind that we’ve popped together our ultimate guide to finding your motivation during the chilly season.

Wake up naturally

Developing an unhealthy relationship with your snooze button? It’s not an uncommon occurrence, especially on those crisp winter mornings that leave you shivering while waiting for the kettle to boil. But maintaining a healthy and regular morning routine is one of the kindest things that you can do for yourself during winter. While it might seem impossible at first, establishing a healthy sleeping schedule begins with going to bed earlier and turning off your alarm clock for good. Studies have proven that allowing your body to wake up gradually and naturally with the sun is your best defence against lethargy. Try to introduce more natural light into your bedroom by opening the blinds and get in the habit of going to bed at the same time every night.

Set a Goal and Stick With It

Whether it’s maintaining your pre-winter fitness levels or picking up a new hobby or skill, goal setting is your first step on the road to better health during winter. Giving yourself the gift of discipline will do wonders to keep the winter blues at bay. Challenge yourself but be realistic - aspiring to be a better version of yourself is a great way to feel good, but can leave you feeling low if you shoot too far past your limits.

Adopt the Buddy System

Partnering up with a buddy is the perfect way to keep motivated towards your health and fitness goals. Whether it’s your best friend, your partner or your favourite canine companion, sharing a goal can be one of the most satisfying experiences in life.

Check in With Your Doctor

Lethargy and overtiredness can be symptomatic of a Vitamin D deficiency. If you think you’re suffering from a lack of sunshine, check in with your healthcare practitioner to discuss whether adding a Vitamin D supplement may assist.

Make the Most of Your Time Indoors

If the winter winds rule out some of your favourite outdoor activities then perhaps it’s time to re-examine how you can stay fit while staying indoors. Try finding a local hot yoga class or indoor bootcamp to keep yourself active. Don’t want to spend the extra cash? Download a fitness application straight to your phone for the fraction of the cost of your local gym. Some of our favourites include Sworkit, Daily Yoga and Freeletics.