Whether it’s pressing snooze a few too many times and missing your workout, or opting for those large serves of warm creamy pasta and soups, it’s very easy to loose motivation during winter. To avoid stacking on those winter kgs and the mad it’s almost summer and I’m not beach ready panic I’m going to share my tips on staying on track during the colder months.
1. Train with a buddy or a trainer
Personal Trainers are fantastic at keeping you accountable and are great at motivating you and pushing you to your limits, also if you’ve already made plans with your trainer you’re less likely to ditch the exercise.
Not wanting to spend the $$ on a Trainer? Well if you make exercise plans with a friend you’ll be more likely to get out of bed than ditch them and hit snooze.
2. See the big picture
See the big picture. Find, or make your own 12-week calendar from June to August. Put it on one page and post it somewhere you’ll see it every day (fridge door, bedroom, office). When you look at all three months together you realize how fast it’s going to go.
Use this to plan and track your goals and count down the weeks. Winter can seem long but if you focus on the big picture, you’ll see the spring thaw is just around the corner. With it looming that close, you’ll be more motivated to get fit and beach ready.
3. Plan ahead
Have your workout clothes laid out the night before so it is easier to slip straight out of the covers and get ready.
Ensure mindful food choices by cooking warm healthy dishes in advanced and storing them in individual portions. It is very easy to go overboard with pasta, rice dishes and soups so you’re your portions and prevent yourself in advanced from over eating.
4. Eat High Quality Carbohydrate
Listen to your cravings – there is a reason for them! In the winter, with fewer sunny hours, your stored serotonin (the “feel-good” brain chemical) starts to decline. Your cravings for carbohydrate-loaded comfort foods are your body’s cries for more serotonin. But be careful when choosing carbohydrates to boost serotonin! Opt for nutritious whole grains and choose high-quality carbs such as sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and oats.
5. Eat Seasonal Fresh Produce
Winter produce may not be as exciting and colourful as summer berries, and salads but there are still many healthy choices available. Work seasonal produce such as pomegranates, cranberries, citrus fruits, purple grapes, and orange root vegetables into your meals. Roast vegetables add a great warmer side option to salads; you can spice up your roast vegetables with herbs and spices like rosemary and paprika to prevent boredom. You’ll not only add colour to your plate, you’ll pack in some serious nutrition punch.
6. Mix it up
Try some new foods, dishes and methods of cooking. Slow cooked meats with vegetables are great and simple during winter and the combinations are endless.
Swap your exercise around. Variety is important to keep you interested and to keep your body adapting. Maybe try swapping some of those winter outdoor runs for a swim in a heated pool or some heated yoga sessions.
7. Re-evaluate your excuses
I know from myself that when I’m in a bad space with my exercise and eating habits I am full of silly excuses and actually waste a lot of time on them. Excuses have become part of our life with our hectic lifestyles, but it is time to re-evaluate what is an excuse and what is in fact real. So when you hear yourself asking whether you should make supper but find a million and one reasons to rather get take-away, think of how simple it can be to make supper and how much better you would feel if you just did it.