Winter Motivation – keep those habits healthy

I know what you are thinking, do we really need to read one more blog about being motivated?

Do we really really care about winter motivation? Do we really need to spend more time pondering on why we need to keep healthy and fit during this time? About what habits we need to let go of and which ones we need to relearn?

Well my promise to you is that this blog will be a little different than that.

I want to help you instill good habits, the habits that are actually there to help move your needle forward. Without motivation there are no habits and vice versa. So we need to look a little deeper into that. We all know that motivation comes and goes because of life factors we have no control over.

However, you still want to achieve some goals right now correct? That’s why youre reading this blog about winter motivation. And Instilling certain behaviors or habits (used interchangeably in the rest of this blog), will certainly get you there.

Habits and certain behaviors happen when motivation, ability and a prompt, all align for you.

The thing is, you have to make this ‘alignment’ happen.

These 3 are the only things you need to think of in order to design behaviors and therefore habits:

Motivation– do you actually want to do the thing, pick what you want to do and not just what you need to do.

Ability– is it something you have the ability and skill to do. And how can you make it easy enough that you can and will actually do it.

Prompt– what is going to remind you to get to it and do the thing, the activity/ the behavior.

And here are some pointers as to making the above all possible!

The emotion you feel when you do the new behavior is vital to focus on.

It isn’t the repetition but the emotions that come with it, for example the feelings of success which is uplifting and in turn motivating to keep instilling that activity for it to become a habit.

Behavior change doesn’t need to be something that you need to endure.

You change best by feeling good, not by feeling bad. This is kind of like setting towards goals rather than away from goals. So you focus on working towards something rather than away from a pain. The golden behaviors are the ones you can do, and want to do and they make all the changes you are wanting to experience in your life possible.

Pick a habit that you are already motivated to do, that you want!

Not just what so and so says is great on Instagram. That is a world of its own, Motivation goes up and down so what you want to focus on, well focus on it! There is no magical way to motivate you to do something you don’t want to do. Don’t want to run in the morning in the freezing cold but want to start running? Reassess the goal, move it to different time of day. Maybe onto a treadmill run or whatever the shift might be while looking at the bigger picture.

I really hope this helps you hone in on what to do and how to change up your life right now.

To find that ‘winter motivation’ despite the changing weather. This time in an opportunity for us to design life the way we want it to be, that is the blessing I have taken from Covid-19. What have you taken from it, and what of the above resonates most with you? I would love to know! Leave a comment below for me!




Isilda Da Costa is a personal trainer and women’s fitness specialist who, if she isn’t at the gym training, is busy researching the most up to date information for growing those muscles. She has combined her love of everything healthy by being a health coach in her own health shop in Swaziland. Follow along on @izzy.healthandfitness

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