February is a tough month to get through. The new year, new you motivation fizzles out, the winter feels like it’s dragging on (and on and on) and the cold tempts you to stay in bed and on the couch with a cozy blanket. These five tips can help you bust out of a winter slump and keep you on track toward your fitness goals.
The biggest fitness block is the mind. Ignore the negative little voice in your head that tries to keep you from working out. Instead, think of how great you’ll feel when you’re done. Focus on your goals and results. If you struggle with thinking positive, then think of the negative side effects of not being active and the guilt that will haunt you.
One step at a time
Change takes hard work and time. Give yourself the time to build your strength and stamina, it won’t happen overnight. Give your body time to adapt and transform, it won’t change overnight either. Progress your workouts at your own pace. Trying to rush your progress will cause frustration and could lead to injury.
Ignore what others are doing, how much they lift, how long they workout for or how often they workout. It’s not about them or how you compare to them. It’s about YOU! You choose your workout, you set your goals and you create your results. The only person you may want to compete with is yourself. Just be sure you keep your competition with yourself fair and realistic.
Do your best today
Some days you feel like you are on top of the world while other days you feel like you are moving in slow motion. Be aware of how you feel and adapt your workout (exercise selection, weight selection, and workout duration) to suit your present state.
You may have to work your butt off and you may find some aspects very challenging, but you still have to enjoy it at a certain level. If you absolutely hate your workout, you will not maintain it. It’ll just be a dreadful chore hanging over you like a heavy, dark cloud. Try different activities and exercises and stick to the ones that you can look forward to practicing. Whatever gets you out of bed or off the couch is all you need.
Now get up and get moving! With a little perseverance and time you will see and feel results and you will reach your goals.
Katya Mohsen is a personal trainer with more than 10 years of experience in fitness and sports training. Catch her practical fitness advice Thursdays on Slice.ca.