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How Do You Motivate Yourself To Exercise In Winter?

It is dark when I get up and almost dark when I get home, not to mention the cold, ughh! As long as the sun is shining I am happy to go out at lunch time for a brisk walk. I go for a longer walk on the weekend. I remind myself that research shows I will be happier and healthier when I get back home! Besides, I love to eat and the more I exercise the more I can eat!

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By only doing indoor exercises. I get out the Wii Fit, or put on some yoga or Zumba videos on YouTube, or even just get some music cranking to dance around to. That way I don't have to venture into the cold outside (or even get out of my pj's if I don't want), but I get my blood flowing and it actually makes me warmer.
Thanks Kerri, yes, I like to pump up with a little Zumba style music too at times. I haven't tried the Zumba clips on Youtube, I must do that.
by drcog
Funny you should ask because this morning I got up early for a run then just went back to bed because it was cold. I find it hard to motivate myself to exercise in winter, but I guess I get plenty of informal exercise like walking and carrying heavy stuff through the day so I'm not too worried. I'll get back out there eventually.
Thanks Jennifer. I would really like to join that early morning exercise group and I know when I do get out the air is beautiful and fresh but when it's dark and cold I am not sure I could make myself jog down to the corner for a hundred dollars.
by drcog
I try to roll out of bed, straight into my gym gear and get out of the door before my brain fully wakes up and realises what is happening! I think the trick is to make the alarm clock non-negotiable. The snooze button will ruin you! Once I'm outside in the fresh air, I'm ALWAYS glad to be there
Thanks Emily, you have some great strategies. I particularly like the idea of getting your body out the door before your brain knows what it's doing.
by drcog
With two small boys who wake up before me, the morning is no longer a good time for me to my exercise. Instead, I go to classes once they are in bed, or go for a run. I have found it hard to get motivated, as I'm leaving the house when it's dark, but I'm motivated by having 'me time' and I try to choose exercise that is fun to do. I'll also try to organise some type of fitness activity that includes my boys once or twice a week, so taking the boys for a long pram walk, or taking them swimming. As they get older it's going to get easier to do things together and I look forward to this.
Hi Helen, small kids would make it so much harder. They are so full of energy, if we just did what they did we would be fine. Well done for getting out there in the evening. I like the idea of choosing fun options.
by drcog
It's hard now for me, and with winter impossible.
I do make a point once a week to go for huge walks in the massive Westfield's here...and just walk and walk .
I can get a drink, or keep warm....and never get board...toilets are everywhere.
So for me, that's the best option.(no shopping) just walking :)
Thanks jonaj. Shopping centres are a huge indoor walkway. I am afraid if that was me though I would be eyeing off the cakes every time I went past a food court.
by drcog
You stay away from any food courts, just walk from one end to the other, then up a level, and up and up.The one I go to would take a good 45 mins maybe, to do all floors at a good pace.....End to end. :)
by jonaja
I see. That sounds like it could really work.
by drcog
It really does work....but get this right>Once you have done the hard yards in the walking, you then go do your food shopping!
That's where no time is ever wasted. :) kill two birds one stone.
by jonaja
That's a very good question! The cold in the morning isn't really conducive to early morning walks, is it? Mid morning is my pick for exercise time, especially on these clear winter days.
Yes, Sandy mid morning would be great if I wasn't stuck behind a desk. So many days it is sunny in the morning but then clouds over by lunchtime.
by drcog
By looking into my dogs eyes and observing the enthusiastic waving of her tail!
I have to walk my dogs, come rain or hail, as the saying goes.

I have one old dog who has bad arthritis and he needs his 10 minute walk every day, so even if it is raining I do this exercise.
by Finy
Given the choice I prefer to go to the gym before breakfast, but because I start work so early I have to go after work. So I have the mind-set that my day is not over until I finish at the gym. My 'knock-off' time is after I've done my warm-down & stretches. I go straight there after work because I know that if I went home first I wouldn't be leaving again! (and if the truth's told, with my sweet tooth I have no choice :) Giving up cake & biscuits is just never going to happen!)
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