It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s windy, the days are short & the nights are long. Who in their right mind can get motivated to exercise in conditions like these? You know that you should be doing some sort of training but you’re just unable to find the motivation you need to push you to get started. Sound familiar?
Im going to share with you a few tips that will help keep you on track this winter so you can make this year your fittest yet!
1) Sign up for an event
Pick an event, it can be anything; a 5km run, obstacle race, triathlon, a marathon, even line dancing will do. Pick anything that might interest you and sign up for it. The key is to pick an event that will be a challenge for you, if you can run 10km relatively comfortably then sign up for a half marathon. It must be something that will require you to put the preparation in for.
Next step, tell every one you can what you are doing, put it up on Facebook, Twitter, send out some snail mail, whatever your using, just let people know and the more people, the better. Once all of your family and friends know about it, the thought of failure will make sure you are committed to training and putting in the required effort to get you to complete your event. It also gives your training a direction. Training without a goal is like driving a car with no destination, where are you heading? Having clear, realistic goals is the best way to keep your training on track. And it doesn’t get much clearer than having an organised date, time, location and distance.
2) Join a group training program with a friend
Having a friend or partner to train with can be a great motivator. You will be extra committed to make sure you don’t miss a session as you don’t want to let them down or miss an opportunity to catch up.
Much of the time half of the battle is just showing up and getting started, once you are warmed up and getting stuck into your training session, it’s easy to keep going. Having a training partner to drag your butt off the couch and get you started on those tough days can be just the little push you need to keep your fitness kicking along through the tough months. You may even find you develop new friendships along the way, plus a little extra support & healthy competition never hurts to push you along even further.
3) Schedule your training session in your diary
Treat it as you would any other appointment with doctors, physio's or dentists after all it is in the interest of your own health. Schedule 30 - 60 minutes at least 3 days a week that you commit to working out and don’t let anything get in the way of making those appointments. Be sure to make them at convenient times that are realistic for you to fit into your day. The easier it is to fit in, the less likely you are to miss them.
Try these few tips to not only keep your health and fitness goals on track but to keep warm this winter and you will set yourself up to launch into your summer training at your fittest. By the time the sun and warm weather rolls around, who knows what you will be able to achieve!
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