How to Stay Motivated For the Gym During Winter

How to Stay Motivated

The easiest thing to do during winter is just to run home from work (when I say run, I mean hurry, by car or by public transport), and stay there until you really need to go out again. So minimal effort, minimal physical activity and minimal exposure to the cold.

In such conditions, it’s really easy to find an excuse and break your gym routine. And then it’s super difficult to get back to it, and the summer is only getting closer (though you should be fit throughout the whole year, not just in the summer).

That’s why it’s really important to stay motivated and not let all your effort and hard work go to waste. Since that’s not easy either, here are a few tips from experts at Fit Athletic on how to keep yourself going.

Get Rid of the Excuses

It is a cliché, but it’s also the truth that everything is in your head. This is the first step, the crucial one, the milestone which help you stay on track. You need to change your point of view and stop looking at exercising as some kind of unpleasant activity, some kind of sacrifice you’re making.

You should see it as something really good for you (which it is), as something fun (which it can be), and as a privilege, a blessing, since not everyone can afford it (some due illness and physical inability, other due to lack of time or true lack of energy from exhaustion, where additional physical activity would pose a health risk).

You need to realize how lucky and blessed you are for the opportunity to hit that gym, so you better do it ASAP.

Have a Clear Goal

If you want to keep going, you need to have something in front of you which will give you the drive and focus, something you need to reach, something that will be a clear indicator of your progress and success, according to top fitness experts.

It can be certain body weight or lifting weight, it can be participation in some professional or amateur sports event, a charity race, or whatever you find inspiring.

Just set a goal and a date, make sure you are realistic and go towards it. With every step closer, you will feel so much better, not just about your exercise routine, your looks, and fitness, but about your entire life as well.

Mark the phases of the progress and your impressions, to acknowledge how good it actually feels. Once you reach it, set a new goal and move on.

Make a Schedule

First of all, if you are really serious about exercising, you need to make it your priority. Of course, not more important than your family and other essential things like that, but it needs to rank high. To reflect that importance, you should try to make your schedule around your exercise time slots, as it’s really important to have a fixed schedule and a routine.

And the only way to do it is to set the gym time as one of the priorities. In that way, your family and friends will know when you’re busy and will be able to adapt somewhat to your exercising regime. This will help you to resist all the lurking temptation to give up and do something else, accept that unaccepted invitation, have that beer right after work, and after gym, etc.

To make things easier for yourself and ask the people around you to help you as well. They will understand how important this is and surely support you. Of course, make sure you don’t exaggerate and neglect someone. Keep your exercise discipline, but also keep your friends.

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Rudy Mawer
Rudy Mawer is a certified sports nutritionist from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). He has a first class bachelor's degree in Exercise, Nutrition and Health and a Master's degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science. Rudy has worked as a sports nutritionist and trainer for 7 years and has helped hundreds of people transform their physiques. He has worked with many professional athletes and teams, including the NBA, professional bodybuilders, world triathlon gold medalists, and Hollywood celebrities. Rudy bridges the gap between science and real-world application. He applies the latest research into his writing and consulting practices.

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