Some people call it denial. I prefer to say I’m channeling positive thinking. We’re supposed to get more snow today, possibly more than last week. As you all know, I despise snow, so every time someone says to me, “snow’s on the way, get ready!” I just say, “no it’s not!!!!” and run away.
The snow and cold makes it even harder during these months to get up and hit the gym. The blankets are so tempting and the air directly outside of your bed has to be at LEAST 10 degrees colder than where you’re laying. I suffer from hibernation mode during the winter months and by the time my work day is over, all I want to do is curl up in the living room with my wine and think about how much I hate winter.
I feel stressed, tired, and grouchy when it’s this cold out and the shorter days make it a lot harder for me. If I allow myself to skip the gym and eat poorly, however, it’ll only make the situation worse. I know I need to stay motivated, so I do a few things to make sure I get to the gym, even when it’s 12 degrees outside.
Set myself up for success ahead of time
I lay my clothes out the night before, look at workout ideas on Pinterest, and visualize what I’ll do the next day. When I wake up, those ideas are still fresh in my mind. Being in the workout mindset definitely goes a long way! If I imagine that I’ll have a great workout, I probably will. Just like Brad Pitt.
Picture my day after a workout
This especially helps when you’re laying in bed cursing the alarm clock and trying to decide how bad it would be to skip the gym. Try to picture going about the rest of your day and how you’ll feel. Imagine yourself making better choices at lunch time and having more energy. Once you realize your day will go a lot better after a workout, it’s a lot easier to get out of bed.
Allow myself to “slack off”
I tell myself that if I’m really not feeling it, I’ll just do something easy and leave early. This almost never happens, but giving myself permission to take it easy helps me get out of the bed and go.
Every now and then, I get to the gym and I still just feel like parking it on a cardio machine for 45 minutes and calling it a day. That’s fine too! Sometimes just showing up is an accomplishment.
Those things usually work to get me to the gym and my day is always better because of it. Now to just countdown until April…Hope you all stay safe if you’re getting snow today!
How do you motivate yourself during the winter months?