Feeling the cold? When the days get shorter and it’s cold outside, the cooler weather can sometimes make staying active seem less appealing.

Although winter might be a time you’d prefer to stay inside and hibernate, with the right mindset, it can be the perfect time to grab a workout buddy, shake up your fitness routine or try something new.

Here are some of our top tips to help keep your motivation in check over the colder months.


Set some goals – either big or little

Always had a specific goal on your bucket list? Whether it’s running your first marathon to competing in an upcoming event or doing a few sets of full press-ups, choose something that you really want that will stretch you beyond your comfort zone.

It can be helpful to look at setting smart goals that you can break down into smaller, achievable actions. Instead of focusing on simply staying active or doing your usual work-outs this winter, this type of goal-setting allows you to focus on the bigger picture—your dreams.

Take up a new winter sport or activity

There are lots of great options that get your heart rate elevated and put a whole new twist on your cold-weather workout plans.

Whether you prefer individual sports like martial arts, or indoor rock climbing, the options are endless. Or if you’re after something more social, perhaps get a group of colleagues together and start up an indoor netball or soccer team.

There’s no time like the present to invest some time in checking out all of the different options in your area.

Layer up

The truth is, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing choices. Is it time to upgrade to proper winter performance gear? The price is easily offset by the increased comfort, enjoyment and motivation to workout. If you already have enough gear, it could be a great time to treat yourself to a new item? Perhaps new trail running shoes might be just what you need to get out the door and off to explore new tracks and trails.

Grab a workout buddy

Find a friend who will commit to joining you before or after work for walks or workouts at the gym. The key thing is – they’ll hold you accountable for showing up! Just knowing someone is waiting for you to share the pain of the early darkness or colder evenings might be just be all you need to layer up and get out of the house.

Plan an active holiday

A short winter trip could be just what you need to keep your motivation levels high. Why not book a hiking adventure or take a road trip and get active on the ski slopes? The possibilities are endless and you’ll return home with a new sense of enthusiasm!

A huge bonus about keeping active in the colder months is that you’ll be a step ahead when the warm weather arrives.