Exercise... Do you mean extra fries?
IT’S getting colder and we are losing the light, which doesn’t help the motivation levels for training over winter.
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 the positive effects your actions will have on your life.
Train for an event
A short-term goal is just what you need to keep focused and with perfect timing, the Airlie Beach Running Festival is held next month. Winter is the perfect time for running training, too, because it’s not too hot. Living in paradise, your locations are endless. Hit up the Bicentennial Walkway and waltz into town or venture out to Cannonvale Beach. Perhaps take the Shute Harbour Marina’s steps if you’re after a challenge and when you’re ready there’s always the Great Whitsunday Walk.
Set a goal
Not really into running? Set another goal, such as a few kilos’ weight loss or a 5% reduction in body fat. Nothing is more motivating than living in a place where you can wear a bikini or beach wear 90% of the time. After all, our summer bodies reflect what we ate in winter. Remember to take before and after photos and do not judge your results by the scales. If cardio is not your thing, weights have proven to help turn fat into muscle. So put down that chocolate bar and pick up the dumbbell.
Focus on the benefits
The gravitational pull of the bed is very strong at 6am. That’s why you need to remind yourself of the benefits exercise brings you; you want to manage your stress levels, have an abundance of energy and feel good about yourself rather than falling asleep at your desk, feeling overwhelmed and overweight. So write down on a piece of paper what you want to achieve out of exercise.
Get a trainer
Personal trainers are motivation masters, especially when you’re seeing the money being deducted from your bank each week. If you can’t afford a personal trainer there’s alway group classes. Breaking a sweat with others and having those jams pumping is naturally motivating.
Embrace this lovely cool change; it certainly doesn’t come often in the Whitsundays. Did you know that in some countries monks train in any conditions because it builds character? There’s no need to hike the Himalayan Mountains but a run along the beach will do wonders for your body and mind too.
When you reach your goal, reward yourself. Remember to make small goals so you’re always achieving. It’s a win, win situation. Getting to the gym at 6am in the morning is an achievement itself, the rest is history.