Winter can be a tough time to maintain your fitness. While in summer you’re wearing figure hugging outfits and going to the beach, as winter rolls around, you start to wrap up and stay inside more. The immediate awareness of your body is not as strong, and with it motivation for weight loss goals can drop.
However, having a good body is a year-round commitment and there are some things that you can do to keep on track during the winter.
• Set solid goals: It’s easy for things to slip when you don’t have an immediate goal like a holiday or wedding come up soon. This requires you to create specific goals in order to be successful.
If you don’t have a goal, you will likely not remain motivated to keep training and eating well. Therefore, it’s important you look at where you want to be in 3 months’ time and set a goal. Then set smaller goals backwards from there.
When you have a goal to work on, you will always be motivated. If you don’t have a specific goal, you will drift.
When you have created a goal, don’t just write down an outcome goal, but set a series of action goals you need to fulfil to achieve it. For example, how many times you need to workout per week.
• Plan workout times in advance: When you have your workout goals set, plan them in to a structure. Don’t wait until you ‘feel like it’ to workout, because you probably won’t feel like it a lot of the time.
Make a commitment to working out X number of times per week and schedule it in to your diary. Don’t fall victim to thinking you will be ok going by feeling. Most people will do well while they’re highly motivated, but as soon as work is stressful or the weather is bad you won’t want to get to the gym.
When it’s already planned in, it’s more ‘real’. Your commitment is set; Tuesday morning 7-8am, rather than ‘sometime’ – you can see the difference.
• Find a buddy, class or trainer: To make the likelihood of you maintaining your commitment as high as possible, you need accountability.
Accountability to yourself is one thing, but accountability to someone else is much stronger. If you have planned to meet a friend, attend a class or workout with a trainer, you are much less likely to skip it, because you don’t want to let them down. For the latter, you have also paid and will not want to waste your money.
Further to this, you will also gain support and motivation. Making working out more fun and social is likely to make it more enjoyable. We are more likely to do things that we enjoy than to do things we do not enjoy.
• Book a photoshoot: This is great way to create an ‘artificial’ real, time-bound goal. While you may not have a wedding or holiday coming up, if you book yourself in to have a photo shoot you know that you want to look your best on a set date.
This gives you something to aim at, to be accountable to and work towards. It takes the abstract ‘wanting to be in shape’ and puts a real time and date on it. When you are working in reality, you are much more likely to do the work you need to achieve your goals.