Working out is hard enough. Add in snow, wind and blustery cold temperatures, and getting yourself motivated to brave the elements for a workout can be nearly impossible.
If you’re a summer bride, it’s crunch time for making sure you look and feel your best on your big day. Here are five ways to motivate yourself toward that picture-perfect wedding bod.
Embrace Your Inner Winter Warrior
Sometimes, there’s only one thing you can do when faced with a challenge – embrace it. Most of the country has been facing an extraordinarily cold winter, and for Morgan Trott, a Seattle-based registered dietitian, nutritionist and coach at Arivale (a company that uses genetic and clinical data to enhance health, weight loss and nutrition for its clients), conquering the weather is all about owning it.
“Who doesn’t feeling like a hard core woman fighting off the cold when most other people just can’t handle it?” Trott says. To pump up your energy, look into creating jock-jam playlists that motivate you from the start, she adds.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of Preparation
Being prepared is especially important when it’s cold out and heading out the door can be difficult. It’s hard to get out of bed with the cold floor and indecision about what to wear for a workout, Trott says. Her solution? Get all your clothes and workout essentials (earbuds, water bottles) ready the night before so it’s easy to get your act together when workout time comes.
During the winter, one alternative to combat prepping all those layers of clothes to get outside, according to Trott, is working out at home with apps or programs like some of her favorites, the 7 Minute Workout or Sworkit.
Hold Yourself – or Your Wallet – Accountable
We all hear about the “hack” of finding a workout buddy (another bride would be perfect), but sometimes schedules and habits don’t align. To add motivation for workout, try hitting yourself where it hurts: your wallet. Trott, who’s also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, says that finding a class that charges for cancellations or no-shows can really help motivate you financially. You can even make a rewards system on your own by putting money in a fun fund every time you work out.
Find an Exercise You Actually Like
What makes working out even worse? Doing a workout you despise. If you’re the type of person that hates to run, look for an alternative. Trott’s clients often ask her what the best exercise is, and her response is always the same: “the one you enjoy doing.”
For Chicago-area bride-to-be Nicole Reinard, the favorite activity of choice is spin. Reinard, who’s getting married in April, started attending spin classes in 2012, upping her class count to three to four a week in 2016. Now that the big day is nearing, Reinard does two to three spin classes a week (she’s also a spin instructor at Chicago’s Southport Fitness) along with hot yoga and interval classes.
Keep Your Mind on Your Goals
“I will never claim to have superpowers that keep me motivated, especially when it feels like -20 outside and I just want to curl up under a blanket and watch House Hunters, but I always keep my end goal in sight,” Reinard says. “When my alarm goes off at 5 a.m. and I don’t want to move, I remind myself that I’ll feel good and gain energy after I work out and I can honestly say I’ve never regretted working out.”