The clocks have gone back and when the alarm goes off all you see is dark. It’s normal to want to roll back over, to stay warm and cozy. Some days extra sleep is needed, but if you get into this pattern, then the morning workouts stop and more than likely you won’t go out at night because you will have one hundred excuses of why you can’t. Here are my tips for beating the dark, cold, rainy weather this season and still making sure you get those steps in.
- Go to sleep earlier – if you are finding it hard to get going in the morning, then go to bed a bit earlier. This will at least give you an extra boost for those dark mornings.
- Find a buddy – if you struggle more in the fall and winter months to work out – see if you can find someone who will meet you regularly to walk or run.
- Set a goal and reward yourself – if you get out 4 mornings a week, reward yourself with your favourite warm drink on the weekend.
- Be flexible – if your schedule is flexible, then wait until it’s light and then do your morning walk. Be consistent.
MaryAnna Robbins CSEP-CPT, OFC RHEP – Group Exercise, Resistance Trainer, Yoga Fitness, Pilates Mat Fitness