Getting Motivated When It’s Gloomy

We don’t get much cloudy weather in North Texas; however, it seems as though the last few weeks has been nothing but gloom and doom! And, that certainly doesn’t help for getting motivated to work out, does it? You are not alone. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a tough time working out when it’s cloudy. Today we are going to give you some tips to help you get going when the going gets tough.

1) Have someone help keep you accountable. Whether it be a personal trainer, a person you can work out with or someone who can just call you on the phone and say, ‘Hey! Did you work out yet today?’, it helps to have someone to report to on your workouts. Plus, you don’t want to disappoint them.

2) Put your workout clothes on. Does getting out of your PJs seem dreadful?  Or does getting into the shower seem better than going to the gym? Put your fitness clothes on. You will be one step closer to working out. Plus, a shower feels so much more refreshing after a workout, than it does if you don’t exercise at all.

3) Think about how you feel after a good workout. It can certainly be tough getting out there or while you are doing it. But, when it’s done, it’s a huge feeling of accomplishment and you feel stronger and more empowered. So, think about that when you’re having a tough time getting going. It will be worth working out, I promise.

3) Just start doing something. If you are at home, get up and start cleaning or doing laundry. Moving around will help you feel more motivation to keep moving. And, hopefully get you to get going to exercise.

4) Walk out the door. Getting out the door is the hardest part. But once you’re out there and doing it, you know it will be over soon and once you get going, you’ll be good.

5) Reward yourself. Set a goal that if you do all of your scheduled workouts this week, you will treat yourself to a massage, a piece of new workout gear or a new gadget. It doesn’t have to be expensive and remember NOT to reward yourself with food!

In good health,


Toni Biggerstaff is a Certified Personal Trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Endurance Trainer. She is also a four time Boston Marathon qualifier who loves to help people meet their fitness goals whatever the level.

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