A couple of weeks ago our blog talked about waning motivation. Never is this more common than during winter. The cold. The rain. The wind. The dark… It feels like everything in nature is attempting to keep us at home eating chocolate in our flannel jammies and watch Netflix. You’ve heard the saying ‘summer bodies are built in winter’, right? I mean, it’s basically on every gym advertisement over the winter season. Cliché. But here’s the thing about clichés – they are often true.
Your motivation needs as much training as your body and, for some of us, it can be one of the hardest things to master. Let’s be real about one thing: there is no easy way to find winter motivation once you’ve lost it. In a previous blog, we discussed ways to keep yourself accountable, so instead of rehashing all of that, we’re going to talk about why you should push yourself out of your comfort zone during the colder months.
It seems ridiculous to say it, but consistency in working out has a very real impact on your physical health. But you already knew that. The more regularly you commit to a workout, the less stress you put on your body. Sporadic workouts are more likely to cause injuries because you haven’t allowed your body to adjust to various levels of intensity and movements. Your muscles, tendons, cardiovascular system, and ligaments will thank you for your consistency.
Along with the impact on your physical health, consistent exercise impacts your mental health and well-being. Keeping up with exercise can help reduce stress and actually increase your energy levels (seems counter-intuitive but it’s true). It’s also important to understand that you don’t have to be doing a workout that destroys you every single time. Mix it up. Take your dog for a jog. Don’t have a dog? Borrow your neighbour’s (ask first). If you’re at a gym doing the same workout every. single. time. it stands to reason that you’re going to get bored and lose motivation for it. Maybe hit the pool instead. Ask your trainer for a different program. Join a different gym or try a completely new activity. Find a thing that gets your endorphins flowing. For me, that’s CrossFit. It’s different every time, and even though I’m sporting an injury, my coaches seem to enjoy finding new ways to take me to the pain cave.
Having an injury (or even having a cold) can really, really, REALLY mess with your groove. Don’t give in to the temptation to wallow and feel sorry for yourself. Remember: there is always something that you can do. Every little thing you do adds up to progress.
What do you do to keep moving during winter? Do you have any advice for people who are struggling to move out of neutral?