Living in Boston, it’s not always easy to keep your level of exercise motivation high in the colder months, especially once the New Years enthusiasm wears off and the winter weather drags on and on. When it’s cold and dark outside, working out can seems like such a chore (even when it is done inside), but it doesn’t have to be! Here are some ideas to keep you motivated through the long, frigid Boston winter.
Ideas for Sticking to a Fitness Routine in the Winter
• Buy some new workout clothing. It’s so much easier to get motivated when you have a nice outfit and/or the proper gear to brave the cold.

• Team up with a workout buddy to keep you accountable. Working out with other people reinforces your commitment to exercise.

• Set a training goal, such as completing a 5k or triathlon. My sister and I recently committed to running a half marathon in the spring. We’re already created our training schedule and started running.

• Record your workouts and progress. Recording your workouts each week keeps you on track and motivated. It also helps identify what works and what doesn’t work in your exercise routines. Instead of just going through the motions, look for holes in your workouts and try to switch things up.

• Focus on being healthy. Rather than obsessing over losing the last 5 pounds, focus on being healthy and/or achieving a goal.

• Exercise in the morning. You have fewer “excuses” to skip a workout first thing in the morning. Just do it!

• Avoid setting a broad goal of just exercising more. Create a more specific one, like “I will exercise for 45 minutes at least 4 times a week.”

• Switch it up. Change your surroundings, the type of exercise you are doing, and even the people you are doing it with every few weeks. Check out group exercises classes at your gym or take your workout outside. Similarly, avoid equipment burnout by using different machines each visit to the gym. At home, try Comcast On-Demand Sports & Fitness programs, http://www.yogadownload.com or Netflix exercise DVDs.

• Squeeze in mini-workouts. Take the stairs, park at the far end of the lot, do squats while brushing your teeth, “power clean” your house, get off the subway/bus a stop early, combine your errands with your workout, do push-ups during commercials. There are lots of ways to be active all day long!
• Take a day off. No use in making yourself crazy with unrealistic expectations. It’s okay to skip a workout or two… just don’t skip too many!

• Remind yourself how GREAT it feels once you have completed your workout!

Tina Haupert

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