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The Fitness Zone

6 Tips to Staying Motivated in the Winter
August 22, 2017 | by Shaun Radford

We all know that winter can be cold, dark and sometimes wet!  When the weather is like this the thought of bed or “netflix and chill” is much more appealing than a workout!  However your health and fitness don't get put on pause so it’s important to keep yourself motivated all year round!  Not only will it help keep you healthy during the colder months, but you’ll be in great shape when things warm up too!

Here are some simple tips to help keep your fitness journey going strong during winter.

  1. Keep your routine.

If you have had a healthy routine for the summer months, why break all the hard work during winter only to have to fight hard to form the habit again in spring?  While it is tougher to get out of bed for an early session, often before sunrise too now, you know you will feel better for it! Never hit the snooze button.

  1. Prepare the night before.

Whether you train early in the morning, during your lunch break, or in the evening, preparation is the key. Have all your workout gear set to go in your bag for the next day. This will stop the excuses of ‘forgetting’ your workout gear and skipping that all important session.

  1. Hire a Personal Trainer.

If you are not already seeking the advice of a Personal Trainer, this may be the time to invest in one. Being accountable to showing up to sessions will drive you to do it. Yes, it can be tough (it doesn’t always have to be) but it will be fun. Put the effort into researching and finding a trainer that is right for you!

  1. Do it with friends.

If the services of a Personal Trainer are not for you, then be accountable to someone. Training with friends is always a good way to not only have fun and keep fit, but also keep that accountability in check. Ensure your friends are dedicated as well, and set up a great training schedule for results.  Why not combine it with a healthy brunch on weekends?

  1. NEVER give up.

The old saying ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ is true right here. There will be bumps along the way and accept this. Be kind to yourself, and if you do miss a day, don’t beat yourself up about it. The biggest thing is picking it up the next scheduled day without missing a beat!

  1. Just do something!

If it seems too hard, just tell yourself you’ll hit the gym for 15mins.  Chances are once you are there and moving you’ll be keen for a workout.  If not, you showed up so take that as a positive!

So as winter takes hold, remember it’s never easy, otherwise everyone would be doing it. However, to be a better version of yourself, it takes determination, commitment and accountability. I know you can do it!


Shaun is a Coach at the Australian Institute of Fitness in QLD, as well as a Presenter at fitness conferences. Having been in the fitness industry for over nine years, Shaun has also held positions as a Group Exercise Instructor, Personal Trainer, and mentor.

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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