Today I’m sharing my top three tips to keeping your winter motivation drive at an all time high. Leaving the house, optional. Resolve to have fun, essential!
Winter motivation is a hard one! If you’re anything like me, as the weather cools down, my motivation to move slinks into the shadows and hides away ’til Spring. Yep, when magazines rattle off the benefits of exercise such as lymphatic movement, happy hormones and stress management it always sounds like a great idea, but frankly, when the mercury’s low, you’re more likely to find this Sporty Sister hiding under the doona than d-r-a-g-g-i-n-g herself to bootcamp.
Put simply, if you’re forcing yourself to exercise because it’s something you feel you ’should do’, your fickle mind will resist. Hardcore. So what if you were to flip your thinking and move from a place of love? What if I suggested instead that you get creative, choosing activities to amplify the fun in your life? How ‘bout it? Let’s fall in love with Active Living this Winter.
Prop up your laptop, clear the decks and carve out your best downward dog in your living room. A YouTube search for ‘Yoga’ will serve you up with more than five million videos, so there’s something on offer for everyone. My favourite online yogis to follow are Rachel Brathen, Alexa Nether and Sarah-Jane Perman who each post fun and easy video sequences. Not to forget resident LJ yogi, Charlotte Dodson, who posts some awesome workouts here! Thank you, internet.
My rebounder has pride of place in my office because it’s my favourite way to break up my work day. Rebounders are mini trampolines, which can be used for both light movement, like gentle bouncing and high intensity exercise, like on-the-spot running. Rebounders are brilliant for two reasons: firstly because bouncing stimulates the lymphatic system, which encourages the removal of toxic waste, and second, because your rebounder is gentler on your joints than running. If your office isn’t rebounder-friendly, use it at home instead. Bounce five minutes on your way out the door in the morning and another five minutes when you walk in the door at night.
At the end of a long day, boost your spirits by cranking some tunes and busting some moves in your bedroom. Check in at the end to see how you feel. Alive? Energised? Ready to party? Bedroom dancing absolutely counts as exercise. Serious! Hairbrush mic is optional, but encouraged.
Above all, listen to your body. What does it want to do? Seeking out the fun and practicing self-compassion will set you up for an exercise routine that sticks.
Which tip will you try this week? If you have your own ideas, share them with us here – the more ideas the better!
Hayley Richardson is a writer, inspirational speaker, coach and author with a love of vibrant florals and juicy adjectives. Hayley arms women with the know-how and perspective to cultivate a lifestyle designed around fun, freedom and satisfying success. Her Crazy Big Idea is that when you’re doing the work you truly love, your life becomes more bold, bright and beautiful.