Thursday Talks: Maintaining Motivation During Winter

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When it’s cold and dark outside its easy to make excuses not to exercise. The difference between staying motivated in the winter months or gaining those winter kilos is all in your mind. Staying fit and healthy all year round is about making fitness and good nutrition part of your everyday lifestyle. Change your mindset and stay bikini ready this winter with these motivation boosting tips.

Wear the right gear for the weather – There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad workout gear. If you’ve been avoiding exercising outside because it’s too cold, it’s time to invest in the right workout gear so you can workout in any weather. Layering up for your outdoor workouts will make them more enjoyable and help you embrace the cooler months. Not to mention, new workout gear is a great motivating force on its own!

Here I am, all rugged up after hiking to the lookout for the Fox Glacier

Here I am, all rugged up after hiking to the lookout for the Fox Glacier

Weigh in- It’s important to keep your weight in check over the winter months, when its easy to cover your body with baggy clothes and big winter coats. Weigh yourself at least once a week, at the same time every week, and record it on a weight tracker app on your phone. This will help you manage your weight all year round and keep you on track for your health and fitness goals.

Invest in some home gym equipment – You don’t need much equipment to get a great, heart-pumping workout in your loungeroom. I recommend some dumbells and a skipping rope. That way when the weather’s a bit rough, you can still get in your workout without leaving the house. Subscribe to the Lithe Fit and Toned YouTube Channel for great cardio and toning workouts you can do in your loungeroom. Check out the latest workout- The Butt and Thigh Sculpting sensation that will make sure you always fit you skinny jeans.

Schedule it in- We all lead busy lives so it’s important to prioritise exercise by booking time for it in your daily schedule. Scheduling exercise into your day makes it non-negotiable and an essential part of your day. I recommend getting up half an hour earlier in the morning and doing your workout before your day begins. Exercising first thing gets your workout done before your busy day takes over and gets your day off to a fantastic start.

Write it down – Journaling is one of my favourite weight loss tools. Use your journal to make a daily food and exercise log as well as recording your thoughts, feelings and weight. It’s a great place to reflect on how you feel after exercise, eating and what makes you feel good or bad. It’s also a great way to stay accountable to your health and fitness and keep you on track to achieving your goals.

Buddy Up- Recruit your partner or a friend to be your exercise buddy. Exercising with a partner makes it harder to skip the workout. If you’re in a relationship, working out together is a healthy, bonding activity to do together, not to mention a great support system to achieve your goals. Or, make a date with a friend or group of friends to workout at the same time every day. The company will make the workout an enjoyable and social event that you won’t want to miss.

Limit the booze – Cold winter nights may make you want to cuddle up on the couch with a glass or two or three of wine, but this is a sure fire way to derail your weight loss efforts and motivation. Alcohol is like liquid bread and a glass or two per night can add up to one thousand extra calories per week, not to mention the dehydration and hangover the next day. Limit yourself to a glass or two on weekends, and try to have at least four alcohol-free days per week. Need a warm up on a cold winter night? Try herbal teas for a warm and sweet end to the evening.

These tips are sure to keep you motivated through the cooler months. It may be cold outside, but Bikini season is just around the corner. Remember Bikini Bodies are made in the winter! For more motivation this winter to achieve your health and fitness goals, join the Lithe Fit and Toned Nutrition and Lifestyle Program here.

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