For anyone on the hunt for some inspiration, adidas Runner’s Captain Olivia Ross-Hurst shares her tips for staying on the workout wagon.
1. Boredom is one of the biggest motivation killers around. Try a new route or climbing a new hill, seeking out a new viewpoint or discover a new trail or towpath. Variety also benefits your body by constantly keeping it challenged.
2. Find a friend or join a run club – not only will this keep you accountable and ensure you show up, it’s often more fun to exercise with a friend. Adidas Runners provides structured training that is perfect for staying motivated during the winter months. Sessions are one hour long and completely free.
3. Setting yourself goals is one of the best ways to stay on your A-game. If you’re looking for a race to keep you motivated, the adidas City Series is a great place to start. The next event, The Fulham 10k, takes place March 18th . The completely flat route makes it perfect for PBs or beginners alike.
4. As well as having one big goal to work towards, setting yourself mini challenges is another great way to stay motivated. It can tie in with your main goal but act as a stepping stone along the way. For example, running across as many different bridges as you can along the Thames.
5. Our motivation dips sometimes because we forget why we started. Remember what it was that made you embark on your running journey. Whether it was about feeling healthier, getting stronger or losing weight – that reason still exists. Remembering it will help you stay strong.
6. Track your progress. Keeping a training diary will help you measure and celebrate your success, as well as showing you just how far you’ve come. Take it one step further by starting a blog or an Instagram dedicated to your fitness journey – you’re less likely to skip a workout when you’ve got people watching.
7. Listening to music whilst working out can make you work harder, as well as making it more enjoyable. Invest some time in curating a playlist of power songs to get you excited for your next session. Just make sure you remain aware of your surroundings if you’re running at night or alone.
8. Remember exercise is not a punishment, it should be seen as a celebration of what your body can do. If you’re lucky enough to be able to run, skip and jump – go out there and get moving!
9. Cold, dark winter mornings kill motivation. Adjust your heating so that it comes on half an hour before your alarm goes off and have your kit laid out and ready to go. A lamp that simulates natural daylight will help control your internal body clock making you feel more awake and ready to take on the day.
10. It makes sense to plan ahead. Treat your workout the same as you would an important meeting or a lunch date, and put it in your dairy. Having it written down, or in your phone, means you’re more likely to keep that time free and you won’t have an excuse.