Winter is here! Winter blues, too much holiday cheer or the busyness of the season have your workout routine down and out year after year? You’ve come to the right place. I’ve complied some sweet tips and tricks to get you through the next few months and keep your workout routine thriving and strong.

1. What is your goal?

Get clear on what your goals are. Winter is a great time to work on new accomplishments we want to achieve in our fitness. Maybe your goal is to participate in your first obstacle course race next year, run your first 5k, hike your first 14er, or simply make it through the holiday season without gaining weight like you have in years past. Understanding what you want to accomplish clearly is the force that will drive you to make decisions daily that help you reach that goal no matter what’s going on. Take some time this week to get an idea of what you want to see yourself accomplishing. Spend some time visualizing it, how would it feel to accomplish that goal? Once you have the driving force of your goal, write it down.

2. Keep moving.

Maybe your workout routine slows down a bit as we face colder mornings and darkness falls earlier. Whatever the reason may be, keep your body moving through out the day. Pick a few exercises to complete each day for x amount of reps no matter what. Even if you don’t make it to the gym for the day do something. You’ll be grateful that you did.

3. Change up your playlist!

Music can be a huge motivator. I find that when I change up my playlist or find a new song I like I’m more pumped during my workout. You’re not playlist savvy? No worries. There are so many music apps out there that can help you get the right workout mood. If you iHeartRadio or Pandora radio you can simply look up your favorite song or band and create a station that is similar to your search. Spotify has a similar way to create stations or you can simply search and find other users playlist as well as the Spotify created playlist and they do have a workout section with a huge selection of workout playlist.

4. Try a new workout routine.

Been wanting to take up yoga, kickboxing, cycling or rock climbing. What’s stopping you? Winter is a great time to pick up a new craft. Why? Humans, love newness and breaking out of the mundane. If trying a new sport for a few months gets you pumped up, go for it? You’ll be challenged by learning something new as well as excited over the progress you’ll make along the way.

5. Find an accountability partner.

Some times we just need additional support. Maybe you can find a workout partner, try a group fitness class where you meet with the same people every week at the same time, or maybe it’s time to get a trainer or coach. Only you know the support you truly need. Surround yourself with those that encourage you to keep working at your goals. Don’t forget that the Cerus Squad also host workouts, be sure to join us for some additional support and be a part of the community.

6. Try a winter sport.

Maybe hitting the gym at 5am isn’t your thing and you know it. Trying a winter sport can be a blast. Pick up skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, cross country skiing or any other winter sport. Just because the snow rolls in doesn’t mean you have to glue yourself. Get out an enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors.

7. Don’t give up on you!

It’s easy to slip into a rut when you have nothing to train for, food is everywhere, and life is happening. I want to encourage you to continue to work on bettering yourself because it’s progress is what motivates us as humans. Yes you will eat pie, maybe have too many helpings of mash potatoes and that’s perfectly fine, but don’t give up on the progress you’ve made thus far. Continue on the journey to whatever your goal may be whether it’s within close reach or not. Fact of the matter is that when you move more, eat well and stay the course as best as you can you will feel better and trust me friend you deserve it!

Enjoy the holidays and all the magic it has to offer, but keep your eyes on where you want to be on the other side of this season. I believe in you!

About The Author- Alexia Weatherford

My love for fitness comes from such a deep and personal place. When I began my fitness journey I learned how confident it helped me feel and I wanted to share that with the world. I’ve been a personal trainer for 7 years and in my own journey I’ve taken up so many challenges and victories. Road races, crossfit, cycling, rucking, yoga and my absolute favorite obstacle course racing. There is nothing better than overcoming a fear or a challenge and realizing you are more than capable in every aspects in your life.