3 Winter Workout Motivators: December Challenge

WinterWorkout motivationOh, it is getting cold, and I am getting a little too used to the couch! What I need is a little challenge to keep accountable of getting up and out of the house to enjoy some fresh air and exercise.

I know many of you use a fit-bit or some other calculator to measure your daily burn, but I require some personal motivation. The pants getting a little tight is one thing, but the other is that I enjoy having other people  to work with in a common goal of being healthy.

Enter my motivators!

#1: A ‘Get-Outside’ Challenge

First, I am joining for the Winter Chill Challenge, with Run Mommy Run, a Canadian Blogger who is a runner, and a twin (which this twin mom loves!), and motivated for enough for lots of us! Her challenge is just to GO outside and be active for at least 30 minutes a day. I can do that. I hope. I hate the cold weather, so this is a great and very real challenge for me!

#2: An ‘Every day do a little bit’ Challenge

My second challenge that I am taking on is with Femme Fitale Fit Club- she has tons of fun motivations throughout the year, but I am following her quickie, ab-squat-water challenge, as it tacks on nicely with the getting outside challenge.

My plan is to  print out the calendar from the ab-squat-water challenge and do those every morning, and then fit the winter challenge in during the day with my 30 minutes of extra outside time.

If you want to follow along via social media:

#WinterChill @runmommyrunca for the outside challenge – tally up your weekly minutes and post every Sunday by 8pm.


##getabsandsquats @FemmeFitaleFitClub for the quick-morning exercises and water (64oz+ a day) challenge.

And finally…My #3 Motivator: Plan for a Race

Maybe it is a 5k, or a longer walk than you’ve done so far, or even a 2 hour spin-a-thon with a friend… Whatever you need, plan to make something BIG happen by the end of the month. It’s a goal to work toward, and for me it is a race, to ring in the new year!

If these 3 things don’t do it for you, and if you need just some regular, every day motivation to keep you moving, I have a #4 for you:

Cookies. I hate to be so basic about this, but truly, I don’t deprive myself of much, as I firmly believe that life is short…So a balance in all things, viewpoint is more my approach.

Because of my holiday baking addictions, I will definitely need some push on the exercise front to keep it all in balance this season! While I know you can’t out-exercise a bad diet, you can mitigate the little treats that you indulge in here and there with a lot more healthy living in-between. Plus, with more exercise, I am more interested in making healthy choices than in over-doing any one sweet that will often leave me feeling physically bad.

I like to enjoy this season,as I know you do too. So I hope you will motivate yourself to get up and move, however you see fit to do it!

8 thoughts on “3 Winter Workout Motivators: December Challenge

  1. Lucie

    Yes, the Winter Chill Challenge is on, and I’m very excited that you joined the challenge.. Planning for a race is a great way to stay motivated. One of my best strategies. I might plan for a race in February!

  2. kristenk

    I just signed up for the Winter Chill Challenge too! I definitely need a bit of motivation this month, especially with my running injury (if it’s not a run, I don’t want to do it!). Winter is awesome so I’m looking forward to it!

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