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Getting motivated for the gym always seems to be a little tougher during fall and winter, right?
For starters, the days are shorter. It’s dark outside if you wake up to work out before work, but then it’s also dark by the time you leave the office. AKA you think it’s much later than it really is. And I don’t think I really have to remind you how cozy your sheets feel in the morning.
Once the holidays start to creep in, schedule get busier, and more often than not we find ourselves making excuses for skipping the gym. Today I’m sharing some tips and tricks on staying motivated to work out the fall. (Spoiler alert: practicing these habits before the holidays will also set you up for success come winter.)
Treat your workouts like an appointment
This is something I actually practice year-round. Pretend that group fitness class or gym sesh is a dentist appointment. Pretend it’s dinner with your long-lost BFF. Write it down (with a pen or digitally) and commit to keeping the date.
If this is something you don’t already do, take the time to get into the habit of marking your workouts like appointments BEFORE the holidays. As schedules get busier with parties and shopping trips, you’ll find it super helpful to be able to glance at your calendar and identify, “Nope, I’m busy!”
Work out in the morning
I’m not going to lie; this one is rough for me. But I will also say that I’ve never left an early morning working wishing I hadn’t done it. Yes, it’s still dark out. Yes, it’s cold out. But for the reason above (parties, holiday traffic, etc) if you work out first thing, you’re still able to enjoy the good stuff and social hours.
Buddies are key
Particularly when the weather is rotten, or it’s pitch black outside. If you sign up for a class with a friend, chances are you’re less likely to bail even though you’d rather stay in bed all warm for another 20 minutes.
If you thrive on competition, set up a challenge between you and a friend or two. Share your activity between your Apple Watches. Become friends on Class Pass so you can see each other’s schedules. Create a group text where you can check in when you log a sweat sesh.
Have the right gear
You’d be surprised how much more you’re willing to work out when you have the right gear. Sweatshirts, longer leggings, and even head warmers all impact the enjoyability of a fall/winter workout.
I recently picked up this soft pink hoodie from lululemon to keep my extra snuggly before and after my morning and evening workouts. With a funnel neck and longer arms with thumbholes, I can stay nice and toasty. I love a good zip hoodie for the gym because it’s easier to put on and take off than traditional sweatshirt, especially when you’re sweaty.
I also grabbed these printed leggings for a morning run or evening walk. I love that they are a longer length to keep my legs warm, but with light enough material (and mesh venting!) to keep me dry and cool in a high-intensity class like boxing or spin.
lululemon makes some really great, thoughtfully designed cool-weather gear, so at the bottom of this post you can shop some of my favorite items. Think awesome details like reflective safety strips for an evening walk and hoodies with a funnel neck to keep that upper body warm.
It’s fall. It’ll be cold. You might get sick. Maybe you’ll stay out a little too late because of that holiday party. Give yourself grace to know that there’s going to be a morning where bed sounds better than cardio. There’s going to be an evening where you just want to curl up and watch a movie. And there will probably be that one holiday get-together that you actually want to attend. But in between all of that, try to incorporate some of my tips into your fall gym plans. And honestly if all else fails, new cute workout gear is always a great motivator.