Avoiding Seasonal Doldrums In Your Exercise Plan

Woodsey14 By Woodsey14, 22nd Dec 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Almost anyone who's exercised has experienced it. The dreaded winter rut where your motivation level drops. Here are some thoughts to combat the winter doldrums.

Keeping Motivated In Your Exercise Program

Admit it. It's winter and your exercise program which was going "oh so well" a few weeks back has hit a rut. What to do?
Well, first with the good news. If you manage to work through the doldrums of an unmotivated stretch, chances are you will be rewarded with some fabulous fitness gains in the near future. Now for the the bad. Chances are that if you are in an unmotivated state of mind you are at a fairly high risk of dropping your exercise regime all together.
What's a person to do? Here are a few suggestions that have helped me in the past which I hope you find useful as well.

1.) Take a moment- think back to why you started your exercise program in the first place. Consider all the hard work you have put into yourself and ask yourself if you are prepared to let it all be for naught. We're all worth the effort we put into ourselves, but sometimes we just need to remind ourselves of this fact.

2.) Don't take a day off. I know that this may seem odd, but when we are unmotivated, we start to look for other things to do. Get your workout in, even if you have to scale it back. Exercise releases endorphins which will get you motivated once you start, the real trick here though is starting.

3.) Change things up by trying something new. It might be a new class, new piece of equipment, new running route etc. It really doesn't matter what you do, just a simple change can bring a freshness to your activity

4.) Visualize. During your exercise imagine yourself doing the same thing at a time when you were highly motivated. Allow, memory is a very powerful tool. Use it!

5.) Music. If you already listen to music, change it up. If you don't, try it. It's something small, but it can make a world of difference in terms of freshing up a workout.

These are the ones that work for me. I hope they work for you and please feel free to add any suggestions you might have in addition to the ones above.

Remember- "Anything worth having is worth working for"

Good luck!


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author avatar Woodsey14
Well, there's not much to say except that I'm a father, teacher, soccer player, fly fisherman, gardener, amature cook and coach. I enjoy good food, good drink, exercise, a job well done and of course, being a dad. As far as my writing goes, I'll pr...(more)

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author avatar Greenfaol
22nd Dec 2010 (#)

Like your mantra, 'anything worth having..' Great article :D

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author avatar Denise O
28th Dec 2010 (#)

No pain, no gain huh.
I hear ya.LOL
Thank you for sharing.:)

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