4 Tips for Getting Out of Your Fitness Slump

Cold weather can be hard on your fitness goals. Going for a morning run in freezing temperatures just doesn’t seem appealing when you’re safe and warm in your bed. And fewer hours of daylight mean a post-work run is usually out of the question. However, it is possible to burst out of your winter slump. Try a few of these tips to get your fitness motivation back.


Find a new reason to work out


Running on that old treadmill in the garage or climbing thousands of stairs at the gym can leave you just plain bored. It may even feel like you are running for no real reason, so maybe it is time to find something worth running for. There is a wide range of charities that sponsor fundraising runs and walks, like the March of Dimes. Try searching for a cause that lines up with something meaningful in your life and commit to doing the big event. Training for the event will suddenly change the meaning of those treadmill runs. 


Join a team


It is too easy to skip a workout if you are the only one that knows you are scheduled to go to the gym. You quietly skip a night, then two, and suddenly you can't remember the last time you worked out. Joining a team for an event, a sport, or even the wellness program at your work means you are a part of something bigger than yourself. Whatever you choose, your teammates will help keep you motivated, and you’ll have an easier time motivating yourself because you won’t want to let them down. 


With the internet, it is even possible to join a virtual team to work towards common goals if you happen to live in an area where there are not a lot of team sports or if your office does not have a wellness program. Even joining something as simple as a Facebook group can be motivating.


Involve the whole family


Instead of seeing fitness as something that takes you away from your family, look for activities you can do together to be active — you may not even have to leave home! These activities are great for family bonding. For example, you may find you can connect with your teenage son over weight training, or that the whole family enjoys a vigorous hike over the weekend. If the kids are involved in a team sport, train with them for whatever activity they enjoy. It can be something as simple as doing soccer drills with them or playing a one-on-one game of basketball. You will find that not only are you getting the benefits of being active, but working out doesn't always feel like a chore with the family involved.


Use your workouts to connect with friends


Getting to hang out with a good friend is a great way to motivate yourself to workout. Ask a pal who is also fitness-focused if they’d like to try a fitness class with you or a new type of exercise, such as indoor rock climbing. Or if you have a friend who is in great shape, ask if they’ll lead you through a workout routine they enjoy, and offer to buy them coffee or a drink as payment. They’ll enjoy getting to share their fitness knowledge with you.


Winter’s cold temps may make the motivation to workout more elusive than it is in the warmer months, but making your health a priority is important the entire year. Find what inspires you to be your healthiest self, and a stop at the gym will continue to be part of your routine year-round!
Cold weather can be hard on your fitness goals. Going for a morning run in freezing temperatures just doesn’t seem appealing when you’re safe and warm in your bed. And fewer hours of daylight mean a post-work run is usually out of the question. However, it is possible to burst out of your winter slump. Try a few of these tips to get your fitness motivation back...  March of Dimes -

for more information and Work Cite
https://walk.marchofdimes.org/march/bannerclick/ts2017m.asp?
virtual team - http://runforcharity.com/
activities - https://www.babble.com/parenting/working-out-with-kids/
leave home -
rock climbing




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