Daylight saving time has now ended, and with less daylight during this time of the year, some of us can experience the winter blues.

If you feel like you have the blues from the darker days, which results in wanting to train less, you are not alone.

Multiple studies have demonstrated that engagement in physical activities can help alleviate the winter blues and can help improve mood and energy. So, I have a few tips that can help you stay motivated with your training:

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Stick to your regular training rhythm

Exercise actually helps your mood, so even though you might not fancy it at the moment, in the end, you will be glad you did it.

Take it easy

On those days when you struggle to convince yourself to train, promise yourself that you will start your training and do 5 minutes. You can stop if you still don’t want to train afterwards.

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Get an accountability partner.

Sometimes we need someone to keep honest with. I have my triathlon coach for this. This could be a friend you train with, a personal trainer or a life coach. Group training, or being in a team, also serves to keep you accountable.

Set a goal for the winter

If you have something to train for over the winter, it can help you get out and get the training in. I normally have a race in the spring/early summer I am training for over the winter. If you are an athlete in the same situation, it is also an opportunity to work on the weaker aspects of your sport.

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Facebook thread, with positive feedback of the Strength and movement class

Lean into your community.

Surround yourself with people who are doing the same as you. Here are some comments from the Strength and Movement class who don’t just come to the class to be trained by me but also come to meet each other and sometimes for a coffee afterwards.

If you need some help with training over the winter months get in touch for a free 30 minute introductory session. Email me

Author: Lorna Wilson

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