It’s cold, it’s dark, and you’re feeling like a big bowl of pasta and a night in. Watching Game of Thrones re-runs seems far more appealing than heading outside to the gym or going for a jog with the rest of the flu-spreading treadmill mice.
It is at this time of year that motivation can be at an all time low. You’ve mentally talked yourself into being fine with adding a few pounds and justify your laziness with the thought that no one will see you at the beach over winter anyway and that you’d rather play it safe and not put yourself in the confines of other illness ridden individuals at the gym.
Well what you need is a good teaspoon of cement to harden up and stick with your regime.
Well it’s easier said than done especially when you hear this coming from your Personal Trainer, but here are some natural ways to help you keep up the motivation over winter
Start consuming cognitive-enhancing foods, such as those listed below, before your workouts. Not only are they rich in mood improving nutrients, but these ingredients will also help to pep you up naturally even after the most arduous day at work.
Raw Cacao: This is rich in anti-oxidants called polyphenols that improve brain function. Taking just 5grams of raw cacao before a workout can boost nitric oxide levels in the blood helping to improve circulation and maintaining stamina throughout the workout
Banana: High in dopamine- a brain chemical involved in increasing motivation and concentration.
Sunflower Seeds: Sunflower seeds can also help to increase dopamine levels.
Dark/Chocolate Green Tea: Moderate amounts of caffeine are good for concentration and motivation. Green tea and dark chocolate are the best sources. Caffeine also helps to increase dopamine levels.
Start with light cardio. You may have resigned yourself to the fact that you don’t have the energy to workout. That’s fine, but do yourself a favour and just take a brisk walk around the block and then reconsider if you feel up for it. The fresh air and light circulation will get your heart pumping, blood circulating and serotonin levels rising. Upon your return you might well find yourself ready and now motivated to follow through with a workout and if not well at least you’ve gotten up and got yourself moving even if it was only for a short walk – you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.