As a native Californian, living on the East Coast through a winter vortex is the f*cking worst. But despite the weather, I never let it stop me from getting a good workout in for the day. The goal is to stay motivated to work out.
Snow is a challenge and so is the cool winter weather, most of the time between 10 and 30 degrees (totally, not my favorite weather conditions). So how do I continue making sure I make it in the gym? I’ll share a few tips to beat the wintry gym blues so you will never be too far to dead-lift or hit a spin class.
It’s all about scheduling for the week.
You haven’t truly been working on your goals until you’ve invested in a planner, or something to keep you organized through the week. My planner is my everything y’all! I list everything from what I plan on meal prepping for the week to what my workout focuses are each day. Get a good planner and use it. I promise it makes such a difference in the level of commitment you have to sculpting and toning your body.
Mix it up – live a little.
Nothing is more boring than doing the same sh*t everyday – so why not mix it up? My gym offers a ton of great classes to supplement my regular gym membership. This gives me the flexibility to switch it up often within my workout schedule for the week. My splits sound something like: Monday – Leg Day, Tuesday – Yoga, Wednesday – Personal Training, Thursday Back and Shoulders, Friday – Barre, and Sunday – Core and Abs. I always reevaluate if I want to try anything different and my options are endless.
Don’t limit yourself to just the gym.
The great thing about working out is that you can do it anywhere! Now, I know it’s winter and maybe you don’t feel up to being outdoors but there are some alternatives. I love getting a great core workout done in my very own living room. Sun salutations in the morning get my body stretched and ready for the day, so I find these helpful. I also recommend meeting up with a friend a few times a month or hiring a great personal trainer. There is nothing like having someone to motivate you and try out new workout routines with.
Motivated to treat yo’self.
I read a great book called “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg and an important component of developing a habit is the reward factor. The habit you are trying to create is getting your ass up to work out on your schedule. In order to motivate yourself, find something that is a treat for your self-discipline.
I like to reward myself at the end of each week with new active gear, whether it be a pair of shoes or a comfy active sweater it works for me – especially in the cold. This motivates me more the following week because I’ll have new attire to sport at the gym. It’s literally a win-win!
Get a mantra together!
If you couldn’t tell, my first mantra is “Living my best f*cking life!” I also wake up each morning and tell myself “I f*ck with you.”
It sounds ridiculous, but I generally start off having a great morning, which leads to a great work out, and ends with a great day. Set the tone for your mornings and follow through all day. This really helps to get my day started on the right track and no matter what the weather is I’m motivated.
There isn’t much of a secret to staying motivated in the winter. Honestly, it all boils down to how committed you are to reaching your f*cking goals. It’s as simple as that. Put in the work to do what you need to do to keep being the gym rat you’ve always been.