Seriously Lacking Motivation . . .

Dec 15

Seriously Lacking Motivation . . .

The alarm goes off pretty early here (5:30) and, technically, an hour after it goes off I should be outside walking.  Not a long walk –  just a quick blitz around the block.

However, here in Calgary, 6:30 is dark, and presently very cold.  I don’t do well in the cold (mind you, I don’t do well in heat, either.  My husband says I’m only really happy at 22.5 degrees Celsius – about 72 degrees Fahrenheit).

I am totally unmotivated to walk, so the only solution I can think of is heading to the Internet to find a solution. I thought I’d share my findings with you:toque

  • A typical one seems to be  changing your workout and doing something totally different – moving inside to do a workout video, for example.
  • Also, there is the suggestion to find a workout buddy, though my friends are not too happy about the 6:30 thing!
  • Goal setting (and keeping it “present”) is another one.  I’m big on goals, but they don’t often get me out of a slump.

I found these same suggestions on dozens of sites, and did not feel terribly inspired, to tell you the truth.

Further searching enabled me to find some that were helpful for me, though:

  • Exercise at a different time of day – during sunlight hours, for example.  The sunlight will help me deal with these feelings of depression that seem to have overtaken me.  It doesn’t feel so cold and gloomy when it’s sunny.  Here in Calgary it might be cold, but it’s almost always sunny.  Looks like a good place to start
  • Sign up for a race to give yourself a goal that costs something.  Yeah, this is a good one.  Good idea.
  • Purchase some snuggly workout gear – like a new base layer in a pretty colour – that you’re dying to try out.  That could work!
  • Remind yourself that cold weather workouts burn more calories – more “bang for your buck”.  Sounds like a “cool” motivator!

And then there’s this piece of brilliant advice:

“Motivation levels are definitely lower in the winter,” says John Stanton, founder of Running Room, “but there’s something magical about being the first footprints through the snow and conquering the elements.”

Stanton uses what he calls a 10-minute test: “Get in your gear, head out and give yourself 10 minutes. If it’s too unpleasant, you have permission to come back.” (found at the MetroNews site)

I think that’s pretty wise, encouraging advice.  Once you’ve gone to the bother of layering up and heading out, you might as well keep going.  But sometimes it gets truly bitter, and it would be safer for you to be inside.  This avoids the standard “cop-out” and will help you get more exercise in the long run!

Mostly, I think it’s important to make sure you’re dressed properly so you’re not making an uncomfortable situation worse.

Do you have any motivating tips?  I’d love to hear them!  Post them below in the comments!


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