Staying motivated in the gym throughout the winter can be difficult. With the cold mornings and dark evenings, it can be hard to keep up the same intensity as you would over the summer.
Everyone will find different things motivating, it’s just about finding what works for you. Some people find watching a documentary or program about the gym, or maybe to do with someone’s fitness journey, extremely motivating. On the other hand, some people prefer to listen to a podcast, or read a book. There are lots of good fitness and gym related podcasts out there, one of my favourites is ‘Mind Pump: Raw Fitness Truth’, they have over 1000 episodes and cover everything from ‘The Mind- Muscle Connection’ to ‘Overcoming Plateaus’, so you are guaranteed to find one that interests you.
Social media also has a massive influence on people’s motivation. It can be a good way to find new workouts or exercises that excite you and make you want to go to the gym. Try and follow fitness pages and athletes that will post footage of their workouts.
My personal experience with motivation in the winter has flitted between wanting to eat loads of warm comfort foods, put my feet up and settle in with a nice movie, or completely wanting to smash the gym and go all in with all my sessions! I’ve found that the main things that keep me motivated are watching documentaries on other people’s fitness journeys and planning workouts that I know will be challenging but also rewarding afterwards. One of my favourite documentaries at the moment is ‘The Redeemed and the Dominant’ which is on Netflix, includes the highlights and behind the scenes of the 2017 CrossFit games.
You need to understand that It’s normal to flit between these two options. It’s just about making sure that you can spot when your motivation is lacking and when you have found what works for you to improve it, meaning you can manipulate your motivation when you really need it.