Staying Motivated as the Weather Cools Down

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Amelia Phillips

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As the weather cools down, watch that your motivation doesn’t as well. We all know the shorter days and winter months can be a calorie catch-out. A minefield of weight gain traps. Rich winter foods, less daylight hours for outdoor activity, lazy Sundays in bed, cheese and wine by the fire. Sounds so tempting doesn’t it?

Well fast track to Summer, peeling off the trackies and squeezing into your summer wardrobe: will your thighs have an uncanny resemblance to the Tomme Crayeuse you devoured? Don’t let your waistline disappear under the doona of body fat, follow these simple tips and find the balance between staying fit and getting cozy.

Tip #1: Commit to an exact number of workouts each week. No exceptions (4 is ideal): If this means your laziness midweek lands you a weekend of activity, so be it. Personally I like to get it over and done with midweek so I can relax on the weekend.

Tip #2: Join an exercise group and pay upfront: 6 weeks of boxing classes, 12 week challenge in the gym, 10 personal training sessions. You will feel compelled to go and get support from your peers/trainer.

Tip #3: 6 weeks on, 1 week off: Give yourself a break every 6 weeks (even if you don’t feel like it) and book a massage. I bet you miss the workouts and come back rearing to go!

Tip #4: Soup, soup and more soup! Yes we all love comfort food in winter, so avoid the fatty pastas and have soup. Make it, buy it, freeze it. So long as it’s low fat and packed with veggies, you can eat it till your hearts content. Ps. absolutely no butter on your bread and no bread at night.

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  • Functional Marc

    One time, when winter was fast approaching in the United States, I went on a vacation to Sydney and the Gold Coast. I was away for over 3 weeks.

    Every day on the trip, I worked out at the hotel gym for an hour and a half. It was the best vacation ever. I miss Australia.

    It works both ways, avoid the Australian winter by visiting the US!

  • Amelia Burton

    Hi Functional Marc,
    Great idea, I’d love to skip winter and go the the US as well! Isn’t the Gold Coast great for exercise! I am competing in the Gold Coast Marathon in July and can’t wait… BTW I love your Blog, it’s one of the best one’s I’ve seen. Look forward to more posts soon, Amelia

  • Sprocketboy

    I have dragged myself through a difficult winter (we had 14 feet of snow here and it still freezing outside) but I was able to get though the hard slog without gaining any weight. Besides going to spinning classes and doing workouts at home, Sure, I ate a lot of soup, as Amelia suggests, but I also promised myself a four day bike trip to Virginia, from which I have just returned. It was green and warm down there and now I am set to attack the cycling season in earnest! In addition to the fmaous soup, I would also suggest drinking a lot of smoothies, particularly with frozen tropical fruit so you can pretend you are on holiday.

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