Let’s face it, training in the morning (especially in Winter) is hard work! If it was easy, we’d all be leaping out of bed and happily pounding the pavement, high fiving every other runner or fellow gym goer with boundless enthusiasm!
However, for most of us, the thought of getting up early to exercise in dark, cold and wet weather is enough to put off even the most hardcore, and can be a big factor in losing motivation. So, we’ve put together 10 tried and tested tips on how to get motivated to exercise on a winter’s morning and keep your mojo flowing!
1. Lay your clothes out the night before, or better yet, pop them on the radiator so they’re warm and toasty in the morning.
Setting your heating timer to 30 minutes before you get up and laying out your workout kit the night before saves you time and hassle in the mornings. You don’t want to have to think about ‘what kit to wear’ when you’re half asleep, and having your clothes warm and ready to go, will make it easier to get dressed without having to stand around shivering for a few minutes until your body warms up.
2. Hit the alarm button and get straight up!
Don’t think twice, just get up, get dressed and go! Grab a banana or a small snack on your way out or have a quick coffee and be out the door, ideally within 10-15 minutes if you can. The longer you sit and think about the fact that it’s cold outside or should I train? Can I run after work? or I’ll go to the gym later, then the chances are you won’t! Excuses aside, put your blinkers on and think about your end goal (or post workout meal) and what you want to achieve. If you procrastinate, the chances are you’ll more than likely go back to your warm, cozy bed.
3. Investing in the right kit.
There is nothing worse than training outdoors in the cold wearing the wrong kit. The right kit is essential for a good workout, the Endurance QSKIN Antibacterial & Odour Control Run Top is a perfect technical base layer under the Diamond Luxe Windproof Winter Jacket which features reflective panels and thumb holes to be seen and stay warm on dark mornings & evenings. Don’t forget gloves and a beanie to keep your extremities warm as these can become painful if the temperature dips to single digits but will make a world of difference to how you feel when exercising.
4. Warm up stiff muscles inside before you venture outside.
Ideally you want to set your alarm 10 minutes before your workout to get in some good stretches in a warm environment to loosen up those stiff muscles before heading outside. This will help to prevent injury during your workout, but be sure to stretch and cool down afterwards and keep warm by making sure you have warm clothes to change into, such as the Diamond Luxe Grey Hooded Jacket, as well as a post workout bath with some Epsom salts to ease any aching muscles.
5. Find a training partner or join a club
One of the best and easiest ways to stay motivated is to find a training partner. This makes you accountable and less likely to use the ‘after work pub drinks’ as an excuse to ditch your friend and workout. You don’t want to be the one to feel you’ve let your training buddy down or if you prefer, join a club. This is also a great way to keep the enthusiasm going as the camaraderie of like-minded people engaging in group exercise is infectious and can lead to VSC (very serious competitiveness)!
6.Take it indoors
If the weather really is playing havoc with your motivation, boost your mood with bright and flattering gym kit such as the Blue Leopard Leggings and On Show Tank for some hot yoga, HIIT training, classes or treadmill runs. For those competing in running events, triathlons or crossfit, work on technique and focus on particular areas of weakness to improve times and strength and to avoid getting injured, but make time to stretch and/or foam roll those sore and tight muscles.
7. Technology tools and apps.
Whether you’re training for your first marathon or looking to achieve a PB (personal best), it helps to stay focused and have a goal to work towards. A good tool to use is technology, such as a Fitbit or Garmin with GPS and lap counter or an app with calorie counter for those looking to lose weight. These tools are a great way to track your progress in both split times, laps, miles you’ve reached, and calories burned, but also to keep you focused on your end goal.
8.Mix it up to keep it interesting.
The old saying, a change is as good as a holiday also rings true when exercising. Don’t be afraid to mix it up! Find something you enjoy doing, whether it’s a Zumba or HIIT class means you’re more inclined to keep exercising. Similarly with clothing, old ill-fitting kit will not inspire your workouts, so why not add the Advance Vest with Bellum Active's 'Advance With Inner Strength' motto to your training wardrobe and keep up with the slogan tee trend By mixing up your training and adding, tempo, speed and or strength work, your body will respond to the changes and you’ll see results quicker without getting bored.
9.Have a plan!
Having a plan will undoubtedly help you on your way to keeping motivated. Planning for races next summer or that ‘beach body’ you’re admiring or just to lose some weight and tone up, will make it easier to get outside and focus on those target goals, and to get those endorphins flowing to fuel positive energy. Come summer when your smashing PB’s or just feeling happier within yourself, then all the exercising over winter will have paid off!
10.And finally...reward yourself.
You’ve done all that hard training and you deserve a reward! Looking and feeling good within ourselves is also a wonderful reward, now you can show it off with the Cropped Hoody Waist Jacket! The little pleasures we enjoy make it even more satisfying when we feel we have earned it so keep up the good work and have that slice of cake or buy that new piece of kit you’ve been eyeing off! You’ve earned it!