For many reasons winter is always a tough one for me to stay motivated – it’s cold, dark, the rivers and lakes I love to swim in a are now unappealing, and I hate training inside.. Many of you contact me at this time of year for some motivation. So as I also struggle I thought I’d share with you some of the things which have worked for me.
Know you – Think about what you’ve loved in the past and hated. Don’t start swimming – if you love playing netball and find pools boring, if you love pushing yourself hard and being surrounded by disciplined, competitive types then maybe CrossFit would work for you, if you get bored easily and need someone to keep you moving for more than five minutes then look for outside exercise groups.
Fix the Niggles – We’re not 20 anymore! If you have any niggling injuries or conditions they’re not just going to disappear because you’re ignoring them. Your body probably still function but the injury (weakness) will be putting strain on your system so something else is likely to go. Go and get it checked out by a physio.
Get Kit that Fits –Go out and buy yourself some ‘active wear’ that makes you stand tall and look good – it’s amazing how much more you want to exercise if you’ve got well-fitting, attractive kit on as opposed to oversized charity t-shirts or saggy leggings that fall down as soon as you move.
There are so many options to suit all frames and budgets – but without a doubt the best leggings around are from Crewroom, their waist bands have to be tried to be believed, high and secure – there is no budging. They’re also independent and London based – so ticks all round.
Find a coach that makes you feel great – The sign of a good session for me is when I walk out with my head held high, having laughed, where I’ve learnt something, worked hard and got better. A good coach will be able to engage everyone in the room and give them a great session – find one that makes you feel this way.
Enter an Event – This is the classic motivational tool, an oldy but a goody. Enter an event, ideally with a friend and keep each other motivated.
Do it three times a week – This is the magic number for me, if you commit to exercise three times a week you really do start to see improvements –anything less then you don’t see improvements and so are more likely to give up.
Be Picky-Look for a coach that ‘coaches’ as opposed to just times you and shouts a lot –there are plenty of fantastic trainers out there who know their stuff. It’s worth hunting out a good one.
I hope that some of these will help you – I just thought that now that the temperature has definitely dropped, the clocks are about to change it would be helpful to send some tips your way to keep you going until Christmas.
For those of you interested in a bit more support I offer a Strong to the Core programme – which is designed to get you back on track over 4 months, where I guarantee that whatever your goal I will help you get there.