At the beginning of the year, lots of people set out to exercise more. Are you one of them? It’s already the end of January. How is it going for you?
It’s an important goal and part of a positive lifestyle. But, starting a new habit in the dead of winter can be hard!
It’s dark. It’s cold. You don’t want to leave your house. It’s even harder to find the motivation at this time of year. Believe me, I get it!
A little over a year ago, I was challenged by a friend to break my night owl routine and start my day at 4:45 am with a workout before the kids woke up.
I really love my sleep! I even get a burst of energy around 10:00pm. Waking up at 4:45am to head to the gym, yeah right! I would have never thought that I could have done that!
But I did. And I still am, because it supports the lifestyle, energy and health I want.
Here are some of the things I do that might help you get moving this winter…
You have to know WHY you want to start this new routine. If you aren’t clear about WHY it will be easy to hit snooze when the alarm goes off. The WHY – your vision for what you want – has to be more powerful than the status quo of your comfy bed. Write it down and post it near your bed.
Next you need to get in the right mindset the night before. Have you ever been so excited you can’t sleep? Think back to a time when you were leaving early for a big trip the next day. Did you wake up before the 4:30 alarm? Likely you did because you went to bed thinking about how wonderful the vacation would be. Going to bed with positivity is key. Negativity, on the other hand, makes it easy to focus on the challenging aspects and cave to the excuses. It’s cold and dark, I don’t feel like it, etc. In order to make it work, you have to get positive!
If you are working out early in the morning, what do you need to do the night before to get ready? Even if you are going to hit the gym after work, pack a bag the night before!
I fill my water bottle with ice and put it in the refrigerator. I lay out my workout clothes the night before. I don’t want any excuses to get in my way. How can you plan ahead to set yourself up for success?
Get an accountability partner
My friend, Julie, was the push I needed to break the cycle of late nights and sleeping in. She called me out when I said “I’m a night owl.”
Who can be that person for you? Maybe spouse or friend who will work out with you. Show up for each other! Another suggestion is a work out class or a trainer. Something you pay for so you feel the pain if you don’t show up. Maybe you are working out at home. You can get programs that track your progress. These are great for holding you accountable.
Like any other goal, you have to make a decision to make it happen. And set some goals around it. Like…working out 3 days a week, or committing to taking so many steps per day. Your reasons have to be stronger than your excuses. If they aren’t you will likely fail.
I love this quote…
“Bad Habits are like a comfy bed, easy to get into and hard to get out of” -Unknown.
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