Winter sleep in or gym?

Posted by Maria Lennartz on Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hit the snooze button or hit the gym? When it’s shiver material beyond the doona cover it’s all too easy for you to count reaching over to turn the alarm off as your sit-up for the day – but you know your body’s not buying it.



1. Make sure that you put your training sessions into your calendar!

Get into the habit of sitting down once per week and scheduling in exactly when you are going to train!

By locking it in, you have made the decision and planning happen in one hit rather than continually contemplating it and making excuses for doing it another time. If you don’t schedule your training you tend to overthink it – and overthinking drains motivation. ‘Should I go to the gym in the morning?’; ‘Oh, it’s going to be cold in the morning…maybe I should stay in bed’ and ‘How dark is it in the morning?’ “ Will I need extra gear after work?”  I’m exhausted just typing it… imagine what it does to your willpower having those thoughts running around in your head each day.


2. Gear up!

I’m not exaggerating when I say overthinking it will drain energy. This also goes for getting training clothes organised. Laying out your training clothes, shoes and socks the night before and posting a picture of it on your social media pages to encourage your friends to do the same! If you are scheduled to exercise in the morning, get dressed in your gym gear as soon as you get up. If you’re training later in the day, make sure you have everything you need packed and ready. This includes: towel, drink bottle, car keys and anything else you need! The less you need to think about it the next day, the less of an obstacle it is to your training.


3. Avoid muffins … and the muffin top

Okay, maybe not all muffins are bad, but the point is that you need to eat healthily. Making poor food choices more often in winter will increase sluggishness. You know that you can’t expect to wake up energised to exercise if you’re not nourishing your body with energising foods.


4. Get enough sleep!

I’m not going to preach to you about sleep when I don’t always get enough myself, but I do try. It’s easier to wake up raring to go to a pre-sunrise workout if you’re not sleep deprived. Everything is better when you have enough sleep. Try to hit the sack at the same time each day to make sure that you wake up energised.


5. Keep goals in mind

Before you know it you will be saying ‘I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas’ and the next few months will be gone. Contemplate what your health and fitness will be like in six months’ time if you don’t keep your training and healthy eating on track. There is no magic pill that can give you all the metabolic benefits that exercise can.


6. Embrace winter

No, I’m not going mad, but the reality is that a change of season can be refreshing. It was only a short time ago that many people were complaining about the hot weather. It is what it is. Don’t overthink it, or even better, don’t talk about how cold it is. Focus on how easily you can get your body warm with exercise!