Anyone find it hard to get out of bed this morning? To get out of those warm pajamas and get dressed in gym gear? Does sleeping in sound more appealing most mornings so far?
Sure, it’s cold, sure sleeping in sounds amazing, sure, staying in warm pajamas is the best!
But, short time loss, long term gain!
Here’s the thing…… where’s your head at when it’s cold? Hibernating isn’t going to get you anywhere let’s face it. And if you’re not standing in the gym no one can help you either.
It’s getting colder and we are losing the light, which doesn’t help the motivation levels for training over winter, right?
But if you’re tempted to hit the snooze button in the morning, remember this – staying motivated this winter requires a change to only one thing: your mindset.
Sure, the conditions encourage eating more and doing less, but the bedrock of motivation is based on two things. The first is having a goal or target to aim for.
The second is understanding the positive effects your actions will have on your life.
Connect with these two forces and you will always be inspired.
Here’s some helpful tips to get you out of bed and pointed in the right direction:
LETS TRAIN FOR A GOAL There is nothing like having a short-term goal to work towards, to keep you focused and on track with your training. Such as entering yourself in a local comp to challenge and test yourself.
Winter is also the perfect time for stepping up your conditioning because it’s not so bloody hot in here. Come in to open gym, do some bike or rowing intervals, work on your weaknesses, get some extra gains out before or after the main class!
SET A GOAL Not into conditioning? #Cardioishard No problem! Set another goal, such as dropping some body fat percentage or achieving a specific skill or weight lifting move.
FOCUS ON THE BENEFITS The gravitational pull of the bed is very strong at 6am, especially when it is cold and dark outside.
That’s why you need to remind yourself of the benefits exercise brings you.
You want to manage your stress levels, have plenty of energy and feel good about yourself rather than falling asleep at your desk. Worse again is feeling overwhelmed and overweight.
So get a piece of paper and write down all the ways exercise adds to the quality of your life.
Stick it on the fridge, along with your photo, and read it , particularly when you are feeling flat.
GET IN THE GYM AND WORK DAMNIT CrossFit coaches are the masters of motivation and winter can be a great time to come have a chat with us. We will always steer you in the right direction.
EMBRACE THE WEATHER Instead of avoiding the cold, embrace it. Instead of feeling unmotivated and cold, embrace it and start moving, you have the ability to warm yourself up!
You don’t have to go to the Himalayan mountains, but even getting outside for some fresh air and open space will be good for your mind as well as your body.
If it rains? Toughen up!
REWARD YOURSELF When you reach your goal, reward yourself. Not with a big cake, but with something special like a new pair of Metcons or Nanos.
There’s nothing I like more than working towards a goal, achieving it, then splashing out to say: “Well done Trento”