stay motivated

Winter is coming! ❄️
Going for a run or a workout when it’s cold outside may not seem like the easiest thing to do. Even if you want to do it, you may lack motivation. A winter workout can give you the chills, literally!

The right mindset and preparation can make a big difference between continuing to work out during the cold season and giving up. I have put together some tips so you can find easier ways to manage a winter workout.

Of course, if you have certain health conditions, such as asthma or heart problems, it is best to check with your doctor first to review any special precautions you may need.

Keep on reading, and stay warm and moving!

layer up

Choose the right clothes

If you do an outdoor sport or a boot camp, wear layers so that you can lose layers as you get warmer. Sometimes it is worth bringing a spare t-shirt to change into so that you don’t get cold on your way home from your sweat.

If you are running, then start your run feeling a little bit cold as you will soon warm up. When you wear too many clothes, you get uncomfortably hot while running. Alternatively, have a jacket as an extra layer that you can tie around your waist.

set expectations

Set up an appointment

My strength and movement class members generally come, whatever the weather. They know that the class goes ahead regardless, and over the years, they set up the expectation for themselves that they will attend. The session is never as bad as you might think when the weather gets colder.
You can also set up to go for a run with a friend or a training session with a club or team.

home workout

Do your workout at home

If you know you will struggle to get out the door, even if it is to a warm gym, then have a go at doing your workout at home. Set up an area, put some good music on and follow a workout yourself. You can also join my online classes. Personally, I do more bike workouts at home in the winter on our bike trainer.


Set a goal for the spring

Some years I have trained over the winter for a marathon in the spring. This year I have some goals to be in the gym to lift more weight. That is a nice change from triathlons, but it will also enhance my performance when I do race in the spring.



If you know it will be a challenge, plan it in with the importance that you would give a top business meeting. Give it the mindset that it will happen, whatever the weather.


How do you find training in the colder months? What motivates you to get out and train? If I can help you with your training over the winter months get in touch.

Author: Lorna Wilson

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