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Published on December 02, 2014

Winter Fitness Motivation

December 02, 2014

woman running outside during winterStaying fit has numerous benefits. It will help you look better, feel more energetic, and stay healthier. The health benefits include relieving stress, strengthening your bones, warding off heart disease and high blood pressure, as well as maintaining or achieving an appropriate weight for your height and build. With benefits like these, it should be easy to stay motivated for fitness, right? Logic tells you yes, but unfortunately it's sometimes not so easy, especially during winter months. Here are some tips to help you overcome the winter fitness blahs.

Fitness Motivation Tips

  1. Set various levels and types of goals. A simple goal might be to walk for five minutes a day or to exercise for 20 minutes a day. You can set more challenging long- and short-range goals as you meet your simple ones.
  2. Find internal and external rewards. An internal reward could be the feeling of accomplishment and self-esteem you earn from knowing you've improved your fitness and energy levels. An external reward could be treating yourself to a new pair of walking shoes.
  3. Improve slowly. If you try to do too much too soon, you might hurt yourself or cause pain. But gradual improvement will keep things interesting and give you more of a sense of accomplishment. What can you improve about what you're doing now?
  4. Fit exercise into your day. You don't always have to spend time in a gym to be active. Practically any activity will improve your fitness. Notice ways that activity can be integrated with your day. For example, take the stairs, walk during your child's theatre rehearsal, swim during your lunch hour, throw a softball on your break. Mowing the lawn, trimming the hedges, and scrubbing the house count too. If you exercise in a variety of ways in a variety of places, you may be less likely to become bored and more likely to stay fit.
  5. Be flexible with yourself. Make sure you're at least as flexible with yourself as you would be with a friend or family member. Don't fret if you take a day or two off from exercise. Just get back on track when you can. If you're in a particularly busy time now, consider gearing your workouts for maintenance rather than improvement.

If you are looking for a class to keep you motivated check out the variety of fitness opportunities from KishHealth System Physical Therapy.

Have You Found the Right Fitness Routine?

If you're having trouble staying motivated to stay fit, maybe you haven't found the right routine. Does your current exercise fit your body, personality, and lifestyle? Is it fun for you? Is it a natural part of your day, like eating and sleeping? If you like solitary activities, walking, biking, or hiking might be a good fitness choice. Are you competitive? If so, joining a bowling, volleyball, or softball team might be the best. You're non-competitive? Try a water aerobics or dance class. Do you need control of your time? If so, maybe a workout at the gym would be best for you. You will be more apt to exercise if you choose an activity or two you truly enjoy. In addition, you might enjoy an activity that you can improve at all through your life, such as:

  • bicycling
  • golf
  • jogging
  • skating
  • swimming
  • tai chi
  • tennis
  • walking
  • yoga
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