Your alarm goes off. It’s a cold winter morning with a fresh layer of snow on the ground. The warmth and comfort of your bed is begging you to stay inside rather than go to the gym. How do you make yourself get up and dressed for the gym?

Even though a cozy fire burning in your fireplace and enjoying a hot cup of hot cocoa sounds better than going out to get your sweat on, you don’t want your hard work from the summer to go to waste.

Winter is a hard time of year to stay motivated to stick with your fitness plan. The weather isn’t always working in your favor. You have to wear more layers of clothing than you would prefer to. Some mornings you could wake up to a fresh layer of snow on the sidewalk.

Here are some tips to not letting the winter blues take your workout routine down:

  1. Try a new workout

    Is there a new class you’ve been dying to try? Maybe you’ve been wanting to try a Barre class or check out the local yoga studio. Finding a new type of workout to start doing will give you a fresh breeze of motivation. When you’re in a slump it’s always a good idea to try something new and add some excitement to your routine. You may discover the workout you’ve been missing!

  2. Healthy Savory Recipes

    Winter is well-known for being a time when people put on extra pounds due to all the savory food consumed. Holidays and colder weather seem to add an excess of warm, comforting dishes that appear in front of you. Winter is the perfect time to try out new healthy meal recipes. Try baking a healthier version of pumpkin bread or cutting back the butter you use in those mashed potatoes. Cook a healthy dish of vegetables to take to your family holiday events.

    A sure way to know that you will have healthy options at a family gathering, is for you to be the one to bring a healthy dish. Don’t let the cold weather dictate you’re eating habits.

  3. Sign-Up for a Competition

    Whether it’s a running race or a bikini body competition, signing up for an event will keep you motivated to stick with your fitness routine. If you know you have a reason to train, you are more likely to get out and make yourself do so. Around holiday season there are many races going on like a Turkey Trot before Thanksgiving!

  4. Treat Yourself

    Use working out as a reason to treat yourself. Make a deal with yourself that if you go to the gym x days a week and eat healthy x days a week you’ll get the new winter boots you’ve been eyeing. Staying with working out during winter will make you feel better about occasionally indulging in some winter treats. You deserve it anyways!

  5. New Workout Gear

    Purchasing new workout gear will encourage you to put your new outfit to use. Also depending on where you live, you may need to add some winter gear to your collection. Getting to wear new workout clothes brings excitement to your workout routine.

  6. Spring Body 2015

    Get a head start on getting your spring and summer body by starting now. When spring rolls around and people are worrying about their spring break plan you’ll already be steps ahead.

    It’s hard to get yourself out of a warm, cozy bed or set down the cup of hot chocolate to get in a workout. However, you’ll feel much better about yourself and it’ll keep your body in shape through the winter months. Once spring arrives again, you won’t have to start the process of working out again.

  7. Take It Inside

    For those of you who may not have a gym membership or are having a hard time leaving the comfort of your home, you can still get a workout in at home. Go outside for a run or pull up a workout routine on YouTube. Try a workout routine from FitBodyHQ or give your latest workout pin on Pinterest a try.

Staying motivated to work out during the winter is a huge challenge in itself, but once you overcome that obstacle you’ll be on track to a healthier and happier you!

Skylar Starbuck

Skylar Starbuck is a 22 year old college student who has a passion for leading an overall healthy lifestyle. Before going off to college Skylar had always been involved in year round athletics in school, so her personal fitness journey began her freshman year of college. She then realized that it was now up to her to take care of her physical... Read More

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