It’s cold, it’s raining, it windy, all perfect excuses to tell ourselves not to head outdoors. Winter is that time of year we are all needing that extra push to keep to our workout goals.

Here are some handy tips to stick to it:

  1. Find your “why.”

First things first, establish what drives you to work out. Do you have kilos to lose? Is it just to keep healthy? Do you want to set an example for your kids? It might not seem like it’s something that will, but there’s a unique and personal reason deep in your gut why you chose to lace up your sneaks and work out today—find that reason.

  1. Create a consistent schedule

Plan your workouts in your around your schedule, and set digital reminders. Plus try using a good old-fashioned calendar, and mark each day you exercise with a check, visually seeing what you’ve accomplished will help keep you on track. Extra points if you plan a workout date with a friend, this way you’ll be less likely to bail.

  1. Mix it up, ladies!

Get bored easily and lose interest? Best way to combat this is to switch things up! Changing your workouts will not only keep you interested, but it will also help you continue evolving and improving.

  1. Embrace the weather

We all want to stick our heads under the covers and pretend it’s not freezing outside! Instead of avoiding it, embrace it. The superbly disciplined Shaolin monks train in any conditions as it builds character. We’re not saying you head for the Himalayan mountains, but get outside for some fresh air and open spaces, it will be good for your mind as well as your body.

  1. Dress the part

Rug up! The truth is it’s not the bad weather, it’s the bad clothing choices we make. And who doesn’t love an excuse for a new outfit? Make sure you’re prepared… Items such as windbreaker jacket, a beanie and or gloves!

  1. Reward yourself

When you reach your goal, reward yourself. Not by eating a whole big cake, but with something special, like a new outfit for your new body. There’s nothing like working towards a goal, achieving it, then splashing out to say: “Well done me”.

Workouts, not your thing? Did you know it only takes five minutes to walk approx. 500 steps. Add a short walk to  increase your level of activity during the day at work or school.  Getting to an active lifestyle at 10,000 steps per day is easier than you may think.