How to remain motivated in winter

Jul 29

Struggling to maintain the exercise routine you were nailing in the warmer months is completely normal as we settle into winter in Melbourne. If rain, cold mornings and working from home are all contributing to your lack of motivation, you’re not alone. It’s easy to fall off the bandwagon and lose motivation in winter, not to mention while we have all been spending far more time at home.

We spoke to Steph Prem, Founder and Director of RISE by Studio PP, about her top five tips for getting yourself back on track this winter.

  1. Make appointments with yourself.

One of the biggest problems in the cooler months is routine and accountability. Schedule and prioritise your exercise programs in your calendar, as you would for an important meeting. If you have a non-negotiable routine, you’ll commit to it in rain, hail or shine. And if you find you’re still struggling, find a workout buddy, book a personal trainer or adapt to at-home workout in poor weather to remain accountable.

  1. Goal setting.

Defining goals are a great way to set yourself up for growth and success. Whether it’s to lose or maintain your current weight, be fitter overall or train for a marathon, it’s great to refer back to your goals in moments of self-doubt. Always remember why you started and why you need to keep going.

  1. Home workouts.

If the weather is indeed too awful for a jog and you can’t find the motivation to leave the house, roll out a Yoga mat for some strengthening and stretching in your living room instead. Home workouts are extremely underrated – there is no excuse for not being able to get your heart rate up in your own living room.

RISE by Studio PP’s virtual classes require little to no equipment and can all be completed in under 30 minutes.

  1. Try new exercises in the colder months.

Try different styles of exercise to keep your body guessing and your motivation intact. Pilates, barre, Yoga and HIIT are great classes to take up throughout the cooler months. Finding a motivating instructor (either virtually or in person) is also key to enjoying and feeling comfortable to try a new fitness experience.

  1. Every minute counts.

We are all extremely busy and thus, setting time aside for ourselves is incredibly important. I try to allocate time each day to some sort of self-care, whether it be meditation, visualisation or stretching. Time spent away from your phone without any company or pressure at the start and end of your day allows you to relax and recharge. Find a self-care practice that works for you – whether it be a walk around the block, listening to music or reading your favourite book.

Our RISE by Studio PP virtual fitness classes make training easier than ever before, with live classes streamed straight to your home. Click here to view online class passes and membership options.

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