By Dal Dhaliwal
Autumn is here and Winter is fast approaching. It can be difficult to stay motivated to keep active. The shorter days, dark evenings and drearier weather can setback months of healthy habits, such as exercise and correct nutrition. In the Summer the warm temperatures, fresh air, longer hours of sunlight can make it easier to keep consistent with exercise and activity – outdoor activities such as; walking, jogging are easier to stick too. You are also likely to stay more motivated to get yourself to the gym.
Here are some tips to keep you inspired to exercise during the change of season and stick to a healthy lifestyle.
Wake up early – It may be difficult at first but starting you day earlier will keep you motivated. It gives you an opportunity to enjoy more daylight hours and also you can get more things done – leaving you feeling fresh, alert, energised and you can even feel less sleepy and tired. But remember it’s important to get to bed earlier if you plan to start your day earlier.
Set a goal – Envision yourself fitting into those jeans you just bought or that bikini for your beach summer holiday. Taking these small steps will help you to reach your ultimate goal. Share your set goal with a selective group of family or friends. A simple: ‘how are you getting on?’ ‘Wow you look amazing’ can help to keep you on track and motivated to reaching your goal.
Home Workouts – Working out at home / indoors can also be very effective – especially if you can’t bear the thought of going to the gym or exercising outdoors. Focus on activities that will help you achieve your health and fitness goals or invest in a workout DVD.
Have a workout Buddy – Having someone to train with can keep you motivated and you can actually motivate each other. When you know that someone else is depending on you to workout, you don’t want to let them down and you are more likely to stick to the planned workout appointments.
Invest In a decent Personal Trainer – To stay motivated you could hire a Personal Trainer. Winter is the perfect time to invest in a Personal Trainer. Hire a trainer with a proven history of delivering results.
Remind yourself of the benefits – Focus on the benefits of exercise for your body and health. Think about the benefits that exercise brings to your life – write them down. Stick these to your fridge or somewhere you can view them to remind yourself when you are lacking motivation. Also remind yourself exercise and activity releases endorphins that boost your energy and mood – this can really help to beat those winter blues!