Temperature low, motivation lower

Written by: Lee on 8th Dec 2010

For the first time in over a year I’m struggling for motivation and it is largely down to the weather. Every rep seems harder, it’s taking longer to warm up and the 6.45am walk to the gym isn’t getting any easier. If it weren’t for the fact I have a commitment to a training partner, I’d have slacked off a few times. So, what do I plan to do about it.

Keep Your Eye on the Prize

Keeping my mind focused on why I train is the biggest reason I won’t stop. At times like this, when the picture I have in my head of the final changes I want to make, seems slightly blurred,  I set myself a mini, achievable goal to get through. This can be anything from increasing a weight that I can lift/push/pull to a change in training and deviated purpose. As long as the mini goal fits in with the overall long term goal, it’s not going to do me any harm and will contribute in the end.

Change of Training

So I’ve decided to change my training for the week between Christmas and New Year. Instead of the usual high intensity sessions based around body building, I’ll be going for cardio sessions based on Martial Arts. This serves two purposes; the first is it will give my muscles a rest from the usual rigours they’re put through and secondly, it’s just good fun (I love spending time with the gloves on working on the pads). I’m also hoping that a week away from the weights room will rekindle my love of weight lifting.

Old Pictures

The final trick up my sleeve is having a ‘before’ photo that I took when I started training. Being able to physically see the transformation that dedicated training has allowed is another massive incentive to continue as I don’t want to lose everything I’ve worked so hard to gain.

For now, I will continue with my usual training knowing there is a break soon and hopefully push on with a new sense of purpose in the New Year.


That "someone" is my dog.

That "someone" is my dog. She is my incentive to get up and go for a good walk first thing. Once I get moving I'm ready to take on my workout. I don't know what I'd do without her!

A week off

Between Christmas and New Year, I had my first week of rest in 12 months, maybe more. In this week I thought long and hard about what I want to achieve and the best way to do it. I can happily say that this had the desired affect as I have enjoyed my best 5 weeks of training to date.

I really like the "old

I really like the "old pictures" tip. I have an old picture that I am trying to get back to. I am going to copy it and tape it all over. In my car, on my gym bag, on the fridge, and other places too!

How do you find that you cope

How do you find that you cope as the winter goes on? The weather is finally getting warmer, but the wind has been awful lately-it can't be nice to walk in.

Kind of like taking a vacation

So did your strategies do the trick to rekindle your motivation? Sometimes just taking a break from the grind of things can help kick-start you too---kind of like taking a vacation.

I have been having a hard

I have been having a hard time of it lately as well. It seems as the days get shorter I start to have less and less energy. I like the idea of setting mini goals, sometimes it's makes the grand task more achievable if I have some little successes to celebrate.

I also like the before and

I also like the before and after photo idea I think that is a great idea to keep yourself motivated. Changing up the routine a little always helps some too just so you don't get bored.

I have a before photo I look

I have a before photo I look at any time I think I want to quit as well. I know I definitely do not want to be back there. I was unhappy and I was completely out of shape.

I think it's a good idea to

I think it's a good idea to train with someone else as you tend to motivate each other and, like you, even when I don't feel like it, I make myself do it because someone else is counting on me.

I love the before and after

I love the before and after photo thing. I use this every time I want to lose weight by any means and it usually works. I put it on the fridge door where I can see it every day, but yes, the weather is terrible for exercise!