Struggling for motivation to get out and exercise now that it's colder and darker?
Undoubtedly, temperature and light have direct impact on our body rhythms in the winter months but ultimately we can override that.
Here are some ideas..
Invest in a bedside lamp that recreates daylight and wakes you gradually. I've got one and they are a much nicer way to wake up. Starting your day this way is good and its much easier to get out from under the duvet, if you're not staggering into the freezing darkness.
If you're planning to exercise early, warm the house on your heating schedule shortly before you wake for the same reason.
Buddy up - if motivating yourself isn't happening, plan to meet a friend and exercise together. You're much less likely to let them down.
Wake up to your favourite tune. Set your phone to wake you with something you enjoy listening to and bin the offensive alarm clock.
Set some goals - count miles per week if you run, strength gains with your weight training, workouts per week, power in your workouts.
Make a 12 week calendar from Jan to March to get your through the worst of it. Put it up somewhere and write down your committed workouts on there - plan them in.
There is no such thing as poor weather (I make an exception for ice) - only poor clothing choices. Invest in some winter waterproof and warm kit, get out and elevate your heart rate.
It's tougher at this time of year but its really worth it and winter work allows you to be where you need to be when spring arrives again.