According to research from the MINDBODY team, over half (55%) of those who exercise frequently say they are least motivated to exercise during autumn or winter. Don’t worry; we got you covered. Here are five simple tips to help beat the seasonal slump and stay on track with your fitness and wellness goals.
1. Create the perfect playlist.
Whether you’re struggling to find the motivation to hit the gym, or you need a little energy boost mid-cardio, the right music could be the missing ingredient in your workout. With help from our favorite studios, we created a playlist of songs to increase your motivation during a workout: here.
2. Exercise with a friend.
Having someone alongside you during a tough workout can go a long way when it comes to motivation. In fact, over a third (34%)² of gym-goers believe having a partner to workout with increases their motivation and makes them work harder. One in four (24%) even said it improves the effectiveness of their workout.
Besides the hard work, having a workout buddy also holds you accountable for showing up in the first place. You can’t cancel last minute when someone else is relying on you to be there!
3. Tune your alarm.
On the list of worst sounds in the world, your early morning alarm is probably close to the top. But, what if it could make you excited for the day ahead?
Change your annoying, painful default alarm to something you love. Maybe it’s your favorite song or music that makes you feel energized. Rather than wanting to smash your phone, you’ll wake up with a spring in your step, ready to fit in that early morning workout!
4. Try a new class.
Not only do most classes take place indoors (so you’ll stay nice and warm), but they’re also great for your motivation and endurance. You’ll be working out with other people, so you can make friends and stay focused. Plus, you’ll be encouraged by a passionate instructor who will guide you through the routine and make sure you’re always hitting your personal best.
Sometimes, when you’re struggling to find the motivation to work out, you shouldn’t. If you’re feeling overly fatigued, focus your attention on rest and recovery to prevent injury, minimize soreness, and reduce stress.
- Water therapy
- Sports massage
- Recovery through nutrition
- Restorative/Yin yoga
“Everyone struggles with their motivation at this time of year, and although it can be difficult, it’s important to remember why you’re on the health/fitness journey, and the goals you want to achieve,” says Richard Martinson, MINDBODY Associate Wellness Specialist.
If you miss a workout, don’t worry. You’re only human! However, take these motivational tips into consideration and start again the following day.
Original article can be found here.