How do you stay motivated to work out during colder weather??

griz104
By griz104 Latest Reply 2011-08-05 07:35:05 -0500
Started 2010-12-06 06:47:49 -0600

I don't know about any one else but this time of year i have a hard time keeping myself motivated..It is hard to get ready to go to the gym knowing there is snowy roads and cold temps awaiting you outside! Some days i just use the Wii but then really miss being on the treadmill.. I know i have to get out and do it as i had Triple By pass on June 21st of this year.. still building everything back up..


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smilingface
smilingface 2011-02-09 08:48:40 -0600 Report

during cold weather it is hard ,much easier to stay snuggled up. but i have a friend and we go to curves 3 times a week. i need to do more but it is a start

nikiamara
nikiamara 2011-02-03 19:27:56 -0600 Report

I've become a fan of exercise over the last eight years and feel all the worse if I don't keep myself motivated. The only true motivation I need weather it's hot or cold is the old photos of myself 40 lbs heavier!

TriEarth96
TriEarth96 2011-02-03 17:27:13 -0600 Report

I also enjoy going to the gym with a gym buddy of mine. But on really cold weather days, I have an area cleared in my living room where I work out with fitTV. I just do some cardio and have some free weights I work with. I wish you good luck in getting back to a good decent work schedule. Just remember to enjoy yourself and to keep to your schedule.

MystikalLady
MystikalLady 2011-01-26 16:39:36 -0600 Report

I love the cool crisp nights! i walk every night wether i am up to it or not! Even the weather doesn't stop me! i either bundle up, grab an umbrella, or whatever is needed for the weather! Not only is it great for my health, nothing beats a nice quiet walk through the neighborhood to calm down my emotional well being too! I just get up and do it! I will not let myself try to get out of it! And in the end I feel great after! grab a friend, or a dog to walk with you or I like taking my headphones and listening to music on the way!

Life Saver
Life Saver 2010-12-29 22:57:02 -0600 Report

There's cold and then there's C*O*L*D*. I'm in Tulsa, Ok.
Where are you located?

I was doing some volunteer projects in Missouri that had me outside during days that were 15 to 20 degrees colder than Tulsa. I was outside in 6 degree wind chills. I was wearing pants that were cotton and lighter than blue jeans. Then I HAD to get thermal underwear. When it got to 6 degree wind chill, I HAD TO get insulated overalls like my son wears when he works outside for the phone company.

I was telling him I was having trouble staying "motivated" to stay outside with these projects. He said he works outside all the time in weather that gets that bad and in the extreme heat. He doesn't have any trouble getting out in all kinds of weather.

I told him, wait until it's volunteer projects and you're 25 years older and in not that great of health at times. Plus he gets paid very well. I said would you do it for minimum wage or as a volunteer. Nope, are you crazy ???

Think of it this way, you're WORKING to SAVE YOUR LIFE and increase the QUALITY of your life. They couldn't pay you enough to NOT do the work, right ?

It finally got so cold that I'm waiting for warmer weather.

I'm glad that I'm not in an extremely cold place , year round.

Good luck, especially with your new place.
Joe

Jarb
Jarb 2010-12-28 09:49:34 -0600 Report

I have to agree with you too, except I don't go to a gym-closest one is too far away and there's no snow on the road. I just can't even get motivated to get dressed up in layers to walk around my block. Not only that with my asthma and moderate COPD I'm supposed to stay out of extreme cold air. But I'm going to have to start making myself as the only exercise I get now is every day house picking up, occasional driving into grocery store and walking the aisles grocery shopping plus the summer months I walk the neighbors pool perimeter with her from 30-45 minutes-can only do summers as it's not heated. Anyone have any motivation strategies?

Jarb
Jarb 2010-12-28 09:46:05 -0600 Report

I have to agree with you too, except I don't go to a gym-closest one is too far away and there's no snow on the road. I just can't get even motivated to get dressed up in layers to walk around my block. But I'm going to have to start making myself as the only exercise I get now is every day house picking up, occasional driving into grocery store and walking the aisles grocery shopping and in the summer months I walk the neighbors pool perimeter with her from 30-45 minutes-can only do summers as it's not heated. Anyone have any motivation strategies?

Jarb
Jarb 2010-12-28 09:45:14 -0600 Report

I have to agree with you too, except I don't go to a gym-closest one is too far away and there's no snow on the road. I just can't get even motivated to get dressed up in layers to walk around my block. But I'm going to have to start making myself as the only exercise I get now is every day house picking up, occasional driving into grocery store and walking the aisles grocery shopping and in the summer months I walk the neighbors pool perimeter with her from 30-45 minutes-can only do summers as it's not heated. Anyone have any motivation strategies?

GmaBobbye
GmaBobbye 2010-12-10 12:08:37 -0600 Report

I am afraid I have to agree with you. While I know the importance of staying active, I find it difficult to go out unless I have to. I dug out my Sorrells yesterday after 3 ddays of cold weather and about 4 - 6" of cold and blowing snow /c temps in single digits. In the mornings, I would just as soon prefer to stay cuddled under flannel sheets /w my 2 cats.
but, then when in the shower, talk to myself - why should I not be more active.
Thanks to my medicare supplimental insurance, I have free membership at a local fitness club (24/7) but it means driving 15 miles one way every time.
Any suggestions how I can kick myself in my b**t to motivate myself? I should mention that my BMI is approximately 32.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2010-12-07 00:02:28 -0600 Report

griz,

I hear ya! On the "edit" thing too. I understand the software guys are working on it.

Regarding motivation, I always look forward to a warm vacation or the next summer as my motivation. Frankly, you don't need more than a few dumbells and that elusive motivation to workout in your bedroom while watching your favorite 1-hour show (45 minutes for me actually) three times per week.

Trust me, it works. I have some pictures posted on my blog at "hearthawk.blogspot.com" on how slow, consistent resistance training with a little cardiovascular to keep the weight down can provide impressive results (perhaps I'll upload the pictures to my profile here). I'm almost 56 and have been the "runt" of my family for years. For the first time last summer I wasn't ashamed to take my shirt off!

Anytime you need a "pep talk" just let me know. The great thing about a community is that we can push each other!

HH

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