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Staying Motivated To Exercise As The Temperature Drops - Your Winter Survival Guide To Keep Moving
Staying Motivated To Exercise As The Temperature Drops – Your Winter Survival Guide To Keep Moving

When temperatures drop and the days get shorter, exercising in the winter can be a challenge for many mums in Australia. But with a bit of planning and dedication, you can stay fit and healthy while still enjoying the winter season. Here is our survival guide for exercising in the winter in Australia for mums. 

1. Create Habits Before The Cold Sets in.

Having the right habits is the difference between success and failure in any area of life, and staying fit, or becoming fit is no different. Kickstart it before the excuses set in.

2. Meal Prep Winter Foods.

Meal prep might be something that you’ve just started doing in the warmer season, now as winter hits, start taking advantage of warm comforting, nourishing soups and stews.

3. Choose a Family Friendly Time.

Make sure you pick a time to exercise that won’t be disturbed. One of the easiest ways to stop positive momentum is picking a time that affects everyone negatively. This bad time choice can turn you off working out entirely. Remember, it doesn’t have to be first thing in the morning.

4. Set Realistic Goals. 

To stay motivated during the cold months, it’s important to set realistic goals. Start by aiming to exercise for 30 minutes a day, three times a week. If this is too difficult, break it down into smaller, more achievable chunks like 10 minutes a day, three times a week. 

5. Find Your Motivation. 

To keep your motivation up, it is important to find something that will keep you motivated. This could be anything from signing up for a winter fitness class or making a pact with friends that you’ll all exercise together. 

6. Exercise With a Friend. 

Exercising with a friend can help to keep you motivated and accountable. It can also make the experience more enjoyable, as you can encourage and motivate each other. 

7. Wear the Right Gear. 

Investing in some quality winter exercise gear is essential. Make sure that you have appropriate layers to keep you warm and dry. Remember to always wear sunscreen, even if it’s cloudy. 

8. Make It Fun. 

Exercising doesn’t have to be a chore. Find activities that you enjoy and make it fun. This could include taking up a new sport, such as hockey or curling, or going for a walk with a friend. You could also try something like rock-climbing or ice-skating if you’re feeling adventurous. 

9. Don’t Forget About Stretching.

Stretching is an essential part of any exercise regimen and can help to prevent injury during the winter months. Take a few minutes before or after each exercise session to stretch the muscles you’ll be using. 

10. Stay Hydrated. 

Even when it’s cold, it’s important to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and make sure to drink more if you’re exercising. 

11. Take Breaks. 

Don’t push yourself too hard. If you’re feeling tired, take a break and come back to it another day. 

12. Get Outside. 

Exercise doesn’t always have to be done indoors. Bundle up and enjoy the fresh air by going for a walk or run in the park. 

Staying Motivated To Exercise As The Temperature Drops - Your Winter Survival Guide To Keep Moving

13. Make Use Of What Resources You Have. 

If you don’t have access to a gym or a park, try using your own body weight to do exercises. Push-ups, squats, planks, and sit-ups are all great options for getting a full-body workout without the need for equipment. 

14. Take It Slow. 

Be mindful of your body and don’t overdo it. Start slowly and work your way up from there. 

15. Get Creative. 

Get creative with your winter exercise routine. Try taking a yoga or Zumba class, or even try an online workout video. Try combining different forms of exercise to keep things interesting. 

16. Have a Plan. 

Put together a plan for yourself and stick to it. This can help you stay on track and motivated throughout the winter months. 

17. Keep Warm. 

In addition to wearing layers, try to find other ways to keep warm as you exercise. This could include drinking hot drinks or wearing a hat or gloves. 

18. Workout Indoors.

If exercising outside is too daunting for you in the early hours of the morning, find a spot which works for you. There are plenty of indoor options which don’t have to include your own house, you just have to find them.

19. Join a Class.

Exercise is a mental battle, especially when you are juggling a busy professional schedule and managing a household with children. Find a group of people with similar goals in your area, meet up with them and enjoy the process. Sometimes paying for a class can force you to make the most of it and push you to get out of bed. Find one that suits your needs, and use it!

20. Take a Trip. 

Winter is a great time to take advantage of activities that are only available during the colder months.  Try winter sports such as skiing or snowboarding, or take a trip to get in some winter sightseeing. 

21. Start an Online Course. 

Finding the motivation to leave the house on a brisk morning might be a little too much, especially with all the activity going on in your already busy life. Finding the right online course to organise yourself can change your life, and reduce stress in the household.

Exercising in the winter can be a challenge, but with the right plan and motivation, you can stay fit and healthy throughout the season. With a bit of dedication and perseverance, you can enjoy the winter while staying active. Good luck!

Simone Lord 

Simone Lord is a keynote speaker, women’s health specialist, lifestyle coach, mentor, and family finance advisor.


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