You’re not the only one struggling to make it to your workouts right now. 

Your alarms goes off & you crack one eye open to get your first peek at the day ahead. It’s pitch black. I mean, other than the freshly fallen snow that is glowing outside your window. *groan* You hit snooze & immediately start listing off all the reasons why you want to skip your morning sweat session: “ugh, I have to pack extra dry clothes to change into after… the studio is going sopping wet with snow tracked in, & it’s going to get all over my stuff… I’m going to catch a cold leaving, it’ll take forever to warm up my car… Bottom line: IT’S COLD, DARK, & WET. My bed is not. Ain’t nobody got time for that nonsense. Good night.”
Sound familiar? We’d be lying if we didn’t admit to having been there, too. So, what are we to do?! Write off our resolutions, wallow in self-pity because we live in a place where the air hurts our face, & just give up on our fitness until we can see warmer, brighter days ahead?! NO. & here are a few ways to kick yourself in the butt, & push yourself to get to Burst.

Make a plan you have to stick to. 

Start with why… Why is working out important to you? Is it to take care of your body & health? Is it to lose a few pounds so your clothes fit better? It is to de-stress? Setting a plan around achieving your goal is a great way to stay motivated. Identify your target, make a plan for how you’re going to get there, & include a reward for yourself once you’ve accomplished what you’ve set out to do.

Book your week’s classes in advance. & set your alarms. 

Try making it a point to book your bikes for the entire week as part of your Sunday night routine. Add all rides to your calendar. Then set your alarms for each morning, or reminders for your evening rides & yoga sessions. If you really need that extra push, set out all of your gym stuff before you go to bed. Wash your face… brush your teeth… set out your shoes & workout clothes.

 

Buddy up.

Agreeing to exercise with a friend gives you an incentive (other than exercise) to do something active. It’s true, motivating yourself through these dark months can be tough, so think about buddying up with your bestie. Having someone to hold you accountable will help change your perspective of working out to something a little more enjoyable & sociable. Bonus tip: pick someone who’s not afraid to really give you heck if you hit snooze too many times. The guilt-factor can’t be quite effective.

 

Remind yourself why it’s important. 

In those moments when you have to climb out of a warm, cozy bed & head into the cold, it can be difficult to remember how great you will feel afterwards. But, we’ve all experienced the feel-good vibes & energy burst after our workout is complete. There’s a reason for that: Exercising on those dark cold days will actually help boost your body’s ‘feel good’ endorphins to help blast away those winter blues. Working out has been found to boost your body’s serotonin, norepinephrine & stress response to help induce a natural state of calm. That’s motivation enough.

 

But most importantly, be kind to yourself and your body.

What happens when you don’t take the proper time to rest, relax, & recover? We’re tired, sluggish, & cranky. Try this: When you get home from your workout, (or if you are a Rooster Rider, after you get home from work) treat yourself to a nice mug of hot cocoa or glass of wine. Soak in a long hot bath with some salts to soothe tired & aching muscles. Also, it’s very important to make sure you’re getting enough sleep.

 

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