It is 5am and it is cold… your shivering and the doona cover is so warm. You think ahhhh its way to cold out there, the bed is so warm. I will exercise later. You get up an hour later and start getting ready for work. Still feeling tired and cold, and you then go to work. Suddenly the afternoon hits and it is still cold. it’s still weary outside, so what do you do you stay at work that tad longer, you decide that it is too hard to get out of the house now to go and exercise.
I totally get it! It’s the winter blues.
Exercise can be hard in winter, mentally more than physically. Getting up earlier to train, going to train after work, can feel more of an effort during the colder months. But the benefits sure do out weigh the small coldness you experience.
Our health is not seasonal.
We don’t have to feel tired and cold during winter. You can feel the absolute opposite! If we counted on the weather for when we should get fit and healthy we would be very unhealthy humans. Why? well firstly it is something we cannot change and secondly it’s way to unpredictable.
I didn’t like the cold either until I learnt that if I expected everything to be perfect all the time I would never be happy and constantly be miserable. From then I decided to enjoy every season, and to help enjoy winter even more I stay active and move. I train because of how it makes me feel, I train to support my immune system, I train to get blood flowing through my body, so that I can support my lymphatic system and I train to prevent my muscles from being sore and tight. There is no better feeling but starting your warm up and to start to feel the body heating up naturally through movement and breath.
Keeping our motivation in winter can be difficult in our lives today. With what seems not enough hours in a day, due to all the additional tasks we add to our plate. It may never seem like we can ever find the time for ourselves.
In 2011-12, 62.8% of Australians aged 18 years and over were overweight or obese this is significantly alarming that more than 50% of Australians are overweight or obese. This is not just a number on the scale. Excess weight will cause greater risks attributing to major health issues including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes but it can also impact other systems of the body like neurological, respiratory, psychological, gastrointestinal, urological, circulatory, musculoskeletal, nutritional deficiencies, and reproductive systems. These are alarm bells to your health.
When your healthy you feel that difference.
I never knew how bad I felt until I started getting healthier” is a very common line I hear when one starts their journey to getting healthier.
Ways to motivate yourself during the colder months
- Remember why you’re doing it – is to prevent the above health risks, and to feel physically and mentally better.
- Don’t give yourself an excuse to not, this is your highest priority in your day. Our health can easily fall to the wayside without the accountability
- Have a fitness professional to keep you accountable
- Enjoy our classes for extra motivation- being around like-minded individuals has shown incredible results
And remember although your cold I promise in 90seconds at Real Fitness Training you will be warm.
I hear the most common motivation is to get the summer body in winter, although for me it’s not just about what I look like, I know that exercise is making me more productive, healthy and more energized for the whole year round. Your health is not seasonal.
If you need the extra motivation contact us we have so many ways to kick start your motivation.