10 ways to stay motivated to exercise when it’s cold

Fail-safe tips to stay on track with your health and exercise goals when it's a bit chilly outside.

Additional reporting by Kate Syme-Lamont.
Are you staring at your running shoes every morning but can’t get out of bed? We feel you. Staying motivated to exercise is tough, especially when it’s cold. But exercising in the colder months is essential to staying fit and healthy. If you keep your workout routine up year-round, your body will thank you. Need a little nudge to stay on track? Check out these tried and tested tips.

And if you’re looking to motivate yourself with a bit of retail therapy, check out our favourite places to buy activewear.

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1. Make it a habit

With most things, the more you do something, the more likely you are to continue. This is especially true with exercise because your body and mind get “addicted” to it. After a while, it won’t even feel like a chore. Pick a regular time like Tuesday mornings or Sunday afternoons and stick to it.

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2. Dress properly

The right activewear will make your workout so much more pleasant. Exercise clothes are pretty high-tech these days and you can find affordable warm clothes that will wick your sweat away and keep your body temperature regulated. Bonus: you have an excuse to go shopping!

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3. Warm up

Even slowly stretching out your muscles in bed wakes up your body and will help give you that extra push to get up and get moving.

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4. Switch up your exercise routine

If you usually run, take up kickboxing. If you’re a pilates devotee, switch it up and try swimming for a couple of weeks. Sometimes just breaking the monotony is enough to keep you motivated.

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5. Keep a diary

Just keeping a physical record of your daily dedication and improvement over time will motivate you on days when you really don’t feel like it.

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6. Find a friend

An exercise partner can be really helpful in winter. You will motivate each other and each have someone to talk to during your workout.

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7. Join a community

If you can’t find a friend to join you, sign up for an online exercise or health community. They can be great sources of inspiration when you need it most.

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8. Create the ultimate playlist

And change it up daily. If nothing else, you will be excited to listen to the incredible selection you curated the night before.

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9. Reward yourself

Get a facial, a massage or allow yourself to splurge on something you’ve had your eye on. Sometimes the simplest rewards can keep you motivated when you’ve had enough.

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10. Get enough sleep

Your body needs more sleep during the colder months. Go to bed a bit earlier and make sure you get enough shut-eye. You will be amazed what it does for your energy levels.

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