As we all know, training in the winter months is hard. Typically its cold, wet and just miserable out most of the time. The gym just does not look as appealing as sitting in front of a warm fire does! We’ve all been there!But here are my top tips for battling through the horrible weather and getting you back on track with your goals!
I’m sure you have all heard of the acronym SMART before now. But if you haven’t it stands for the following:
Specific goals are vital to success with your journey. There’s absolutely no point in just going to your coach and saying “I want to lose weight”. or “I want to squat more weight”. Why not be more specific than that? let the person know how much you want to lose or how much you want to squat. The more specific you can make the goal, the better the chance you have of staying focused on that goal.
Is this goal measurable? Can it be completed within a time frame? Again, give yourself a timeframe or some sort of measure to achieve this goal by.
Agreed upon / Achievable
Does this goal sound achievable for you? If needed, have you and your coach agreed the goal at hand and both believe its achievable? There is no point in saying you plan to break the squat world record in 6 weeks time if you can’t even squat with no weight perfectly!
It’s important to set goals for yourself and not for others. Remember why you started this journey and not why others have their own journey. If your friend has a goal of losing 10kg does not mean you need the same goal. Focus on yourself and yourself only.
“Real change will come when you focus on yourself.”
Put a end date on your goal. Give yourself a realistic timeframe for this.
SMART Goals have been around for a pretty long time now. There is nothing new or fancy about them But they do work.
Sit down and have a think for yourself about a goal you have. Put it through the SMART process and reflect on it. If you are doubting yourself, don’t be afraid to reach out to a friend or even your trainer about this goal. They will be more than happy to help you stay on track!
Another way that can help you staying active is by achieving your daily step goals! If you are a relatively inactive person, start small. Aim for a daily step goal of 5,000 per day and build from there. Don’t beat yourself up if you do not achieve this target everyday as some days you might go over it, some days you might not. Look at your weekly average of steps.
These are just a few of the tips I use during the cold and miserable winter months to help me stay on track!