How to Get Motivated During the Colder Months
25 May 2018
25 May 2018
Wondering how to get motivated now that the colder weather has arrived? Already struggling to stay on track? Well, grab yourself a cup of tea, a warm blanket, and get comfy – because we’re about to give you an easy 3-step process to feel motivated even on the chilliest of mornings!
Over the last few weeks, there’s been a noticeable shift in seasons. The days are feeling colder, the nights are getting longer, and our too-good-to-be-true extended Summer has faded into a distant memory. And as the temperature starts to drop, so too does our motivation to take care of our health.
Let’s face it, staying on track with your health is hard at the best of times. It’s even harder when you’re competing with frosty mornings, ice cold air, and an overwhelming desire to stay in bed when your alarm is sounding at 6.00am for your morning workout.
When your motivation starts to dwindle, it’s important to check-in with what’s actually going on to make you want to ditch your running shoes or reach for the comfort food.
The simple answer is that when the seasons start to shift, our desire for comfort often outweighs our desire to stay on track with our health goals.
Given we’re not even in Winter yet, now is the time to refocus and re-strategise on how to get motivated and power through the colder months. And here’s how:
Improving your health is an ongoing process, and it’s almost impossible to stay on track 100% of the time. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you have a stable foundation before you commit to making any kind of change. And that starts with four things: your readiness, your importance, your first step, and your WHY.
Readiness: True readiness to make a change to your health should not be confused with desire. Deciding to make a change and thinking you are ‘ready’ is having a desire to make a change. True readiness is about making an absolute commitment to improving your health. This means accepting that there will be changes that have to be made – sacrifices from your previous lifestyle.
Ask yourself now: What is your health goal, and how ready are you to make that change? Give yourself a score out of 10.
Importance: Once you’ve assessed how ready you are to make a change, it’s time to think about how important that is to you. In other words, when the alarm clock goes off at 6.00am on a cold, Wintery morning, are you going to hit the snooze button? Or is your reason WHY more important than the comfort of staying in bed? Again, it’s useful here to give yourself an importance score out of 10.
Step 1 is essential in setting a solid foundation for improving your health. But what happens when you’re in the moment – when your alarm is blasting at 6.00am for your morning exercise?
When those moments arise – particularly first thing in the morning – the hardest thing to do is to get started. But once you take that first step, everything else becomes so much easier.
So, the next time you are facing a moment like that – just take the first step. Get out of bed. Wash your face. Put your running shoes on. Get dressed in your gym gear. Whatever it is, just take the first step. Once you do, everything else will start to fall into place.
If nothing else is motivating enough to get up and get going, the best thing you can do is to think about your WHY – that deep, emotional reason of why you really want to change. If you haven’t uncovered your WHY yet, you can click here for a great blog post that will help get you started.
When you find your motivation is lacking – pause. Count backward from 5 and then be mindful. Reflect on the reason why you’re wanting to change. Feel the emotions that brings with it. Allow that emotion to take you forward and spring you into action.
Staying on track during the colder months is hard. But it doesn’t have to be impossible. With these three steps, you’ll be able to stay mindful and know exactly how to get motivated – even on those mornings when your bed is the only place you want to be.
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