8 Ways to Get Motivated for Winter Workouts

Mix it Up

Changing your routine can help you stay motivated. You don't have to sign up for the latest fad exercise class; you can make simple changes like working out in a new location or exercising with a friend.

Remember, You Do Have the Energy

Even if you don't feel like you can make it through a long, grueling workout, you can reap the benefits of exercise with a short, low-intensity session. We often feel tired when we have been sedentary for too long. The hardest part is getting started; once you begin, you may feel energized and motivated to keep going.

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Don't Let Outside Factors Foil Your Workout Schedule

If you focus on short-term goals versus long-term objectives such as "I want to workout three times this week" instead of "I want to run a marathon", you're more likely to stick to your plan.

Break Up Your Workout

Just because you don't have an hour a day to devote to exercise doesn't mean you can't get an effective workout. It may work better with your schedule to break up your workout into smaller sessions. Studies show you can get the same calorie burn from one, 30-minute workout, two, 15-minute workouts or even three, 10-minute workouts. Plan your workouts around your schedule, this way you're less likely to skip your gym sessions.

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Work Out Inside

You may lose your motivation during the colder months because you can't get outside as often to go for a run. Indoor alternatives can be just as effective. Try an exercise DVD or buy some inexpensive fitness equipment like dumbbells or resistance bands so you can work out at home.

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Be Patient

No matter if your goal is to exercise consistently, lose weight, or boost your overall fitness, remember that these things take time. If you're trying to lose weight, keep in mind that you didn't gain weight overnight, so losing the weight may take some time. Use these tips to get motivated and empower your mind. Don't wait to start working toward your goals. The time is now.

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