5 Tricks To Help You Get Back Into A Winter Exercise Routine

1. Have a plan.

Whether it’s a full morning of cardio, a class, or a quick run, have a plan in place. That way, you’re not wasting any time trying to figure it out. Lay out all of your equipment, gym bag, water bottle and whatever else you’ll need the night before. By planning out what you are going to do at the gym, you know exactly how much time you will need, providing yourself with the potential to have a scheduled and punctual day.

2. Wear your workout clothes to bed.

When it’s cold outside, or in the house, no one wants to get out of the covers or change into workout clothes. Plus, sleeping in your workout clothes can save you precious time in the morning! And honestly when you’re already dressed, you’re taking one less obstacle out of the way. Just do it.

3. Don’t make it a choice. The big difference between those who go to the gym and get it done and those who don’t and feel guilty later is that those dedicated exercisers Just. Do. It. It’s not optional. It’s not “Oh, if I feel like it, I’ll wake up and work out tomorrow.” They make the decision the night before. And when it’s time to wake up and go, that’s that. No fights. No compromising. No negotiation. It’s just something that they do. And you have just as much power to make that happen, too.

4. Collaborate with a friend.

Having a gym buddy is not only a good motivator, it also helps to keep you accountable! It is easy to change your mind on your own plans and tell yourself, ‘I’ll just work out tomorrow instead’ but when you have plans to meet a friend at 6 and go to that yoga class together, now cancelling those plans means a whole lot more. Use your friends and colleagues for support, even a little friendly competition couldn’t hurt. Try and see who can make it to the gym the most times in a month, and winner gets a prize.

5. Keep your workout fresh.

Doing the same routine over and over can get boring quickly. It makes the time drag on, it’s hard to get motivated for, and honestly, it’s not the most beneficial to your body either. By rearranging your routines, it keeps things more refreshing and utilizes MORE muscles in your body. For example, try running a few days, riding a bike other days, focusing on weights another, and so on. It keeps things a little more entertaining and helps fill the time!