It’s that time of year again when everyone’s bodies go into hiding under thick, woolly jumpers and lots of layers.

The time of year when motivation starts to diminish and getting out of bed early is difficult because, let’s be honest, who wants to get up when it’s cold and dark?!

This is when we need to remember why we are doing what we are doing. Whether it’s weight loss, building muscle, eating a better balance of food, whatever your goal may be… just remember why you started.

Here’s a few little pointers and tricks that keep me motivated when I’m feeling unmotivated. Try these tips to keep you going throughout the cold winter months, and maybe even all year round too!

Get New Fitness Clothes

This is always a winner with me! What better way to make you want to go to the gym than new clothes?! I love good quality workout clothes and would always recommend spending that little bit extra for great support and better fit. At the moment I am LOVING the Adidas leggings range. They have so many flattering and cool designs, definitely check them out.

Train with Friends

Sometimes there is nothing more demotivating than going to the gym by yourself. You feel like you can’t be bothered so you either don’t bother at all, or you don’t put your all into your workout, and you leave feeling like you haven’t really accomplished much. Training with friends is the answer when you are feeling like this! When I’m feeling a lack of motivation, I step back into the kettlebell classes I used to attend; I’ll grab my husband or a couple of friends and arrange a workout together. It always works for me!

Plan Ahead

We’ve all been in a situation where we have headed to the gym with no idea what to do or what to train. The worst thing is leaving the gym feeling like you have achieved absolutely nothing at all. Planning ahead is always the key. On a Sunday, I always make sure I know exactly what days I am training and what part of my body I will be working. At the moment, I always try and get a full body workout in there at least once a week and I like to do a HIIT class once a week too. I then split the rest of my sessions up to concentrate on certain muscle groups.

Fuel your Body

Just like a car, you can’t run efficiently if your tank is empty. Ensuring your energy stores are full before a workout means you can push to your maximum and work hard. I always try and eat a substantial meal a couple of hours before a workout. Sometimes I don’t have the time so a simple snack usually does the trick – an apple with peanut butter or a couple of rice cakes.

How do you motivate yourself to workout during winter?