Staying Motivated in the Winter Months
One of the most common questions I am asked is, how do I stay motivated?
Finding motivation can be hard and keeping it even harder. When the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, the temptation to hibernate is all too real.
Regular exercise is vital for maintaining our physical and mental health, so keeping motivation high is key.
Here are my top 5 tips to keeping the mojo all year long.
1. Dress the part.
Invest in some shiny new winter kit, to keep you warm and safe. Doing this will banish the some of the famous excuses.
Too cold for to run? Too dark to run? If you have winter kit and a decent head torch ready and waiting then you have no excuses.
2. A little help from your friends
Call on the reinforcements and team up with your friends. That way you are accountable to someone. You are much less likely to flake on a session, if you are going to be letting a friend down.
3. Be prepared
It’s true what they say, the hardest step for a runner is the first one out the door.
If you plan to run in the morning, lay all your clothes out the night before, even better still, leave all your clothes on a radiator so they are nice and toasty.
Leave yourself as little to do as possible and give yourself less time to change your mind.
4. Have an attitude of gratitude
Whenever my motivation takes a nosedive, I remind myself of all the times I’ve been on the bench with an injury, longing to run. I think of my friends who are currently sidelined, and I remind myself of how lucky I am that I am fit, well and injury free.
5. Spring PBs are made in the winter
Enter some spring races, have something in the calendar to aim for and follow a training plan.
The work you put in, over the winter, will pay dividends in the spring.
If that isn’t enough, then the promise of a mince pie and mulled cider, waiting at home for me usually does it.