I was reading a health magazine this weekend and I came across a great article on how to stay motivated and work out through the winter. This is especially hard to do for me living on the east coast, where the winters are brutal. It’s tough to get on my gym clothes and go outdoors to snow and bone chilling weather – besides, who will notice underneath all those layers?!
The winter is about fun holidays, comfort food, football and hot chocolate on snow days, which leaves little motivation for working out. Growing up in North Jersey where “GTL” (Gym, Tan, Laundry) is a way of life for most May through August, the winter months are time to slack off from the gym and your diet. As I get older I find that my metabolism just isn’t going to cut it during those winter slack off months. As the days get colder, I find myself slacking off already so this article couldn’t have come at a better time.
The article breaks down how to stay motivated in three parts:
- Make a commitment contract – An external incentive will give you a big boost when you’re trying to fight the temptation of sitting on comfy couch on a cold winter day. One example is making a deal with yourself. If you run for 25 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 4 weeks straight you can buy a new Marc Jacobs bag or 1st tier 50 yard line Giants tickets.
- Line up reinforcements – Start working out with a friend or family member. Through research it has been proven that people who regularly work out with a partner log more hours at the gym than people who work out alone. I go to the gym with my wife and although we don’t work out together we definitely help push each other to get there.
- Make it personal – Use tactics to motivate healthy eating and working out. One woman actually bought a fake 5 pound blob of body fat and sat on the counter next to her refrigerator to deter her from eating unhealthy snacks. Now I have never done anything like that and it’s not a bad idea. You could also print out a list of the food you have and their calories. Keep it on your refrigerator as a reminder before you grab your next piece of pumpkin pie.
Make sure to check out the full article here. I am definitely going to use these tactics over the winter. Let me know if you find these tips to be helpful.