5 Tips for Motivation During Winter

It may be getting colder and darker, but moving for your physical and mental wellbeing is just as important as other times of the year – if not even more important! Today we are sharing some of our top tips for staying motivated, safe and well during the winter months.

We will also be giving you a sneak preview of some of the things we’ll be doing to stay active over at University of Bristol Sport.

 1) Exercise with friends

Getting out and moving may seem less appealing at the moment, but meeting a friend will make sure you stick to your plans and boost motivation for your workout too. It’s a great excuse to temporarily escape those Christmas family commitments and boost endorphins in the process.

Making plans with others can also make you more adventurous and can give you the confidence to try new things and push yourself further.

Winter bucket-list: Why not suggest a wintery walk or festive fitness class to try with a friend.

 2) Layer up to stay warm

Exercising outside can lower your blood pressure, reduce stress and will give you that all important variation to your workout. However, keeping warm whilst outside is key to making sure your workout is both safe and enjoyable.

Layers are really important, use the rule of three here; base layer, middle layer and top layer. The base layer will be key to keeping warmer for longer, it should fit snug to your body but still be breathable. The middle layer is the insulator and will work with the base layer to keep you snug, a light fleece is perfect. A top layer is there to keep you protected from wind and rain and remember; brighter the top layer, the safer you’ll be on darker evenings.

Winter bucket-list: Get layered up and find an outdoor boot camp or class to get the benefit of that fresh winter air.

An image of Clifton Suspension Bridge

3) Mix it up

It’s important to recognise when you’re stuck in a rut and to know when to mix it up. Trying something new, whether that’s a new activity or a new place to exercise or a new sport; making small changes can make a big difference.

Winter bucketlist: Try at least 3 new classes throughout December, this will give you a chance to find a new addition to your routine before the new year!

Image of a woman in a seated yoga pose with palms touching

4) Workout from home

It can be a very busy time of year for those who celebrate Christmas. If your day-to-day is starting to look a little different but you still want to fit active time into your day, home workouts can be a really convenient option. Don’t worry if you don’t have any home equipment, many workouts using just your body weight can be just as challenging and enjoyable, or you can use household items like a kitchen chair or even books!

Winter bucketlist: Join one of the @bristoluniactive live-streamed classes and try something new from the comfort of your own home.

5) Be kind to yourself

Our routines can look different at this time of year and that is okay. Whether you train for performance, to improve particular skills or just to feel good, take some time this season to rest and recover too. Whilst the festive season can be exciting and fun, it can also be overwhelming and stressful too. If you do need some additional support this winter, you can contact the university’s wellbeing team

Some other things on our team’s winter bucket list…

  • To go ice skating and try and stay on two feet for more than 5 minutes..
  • A long winter walk at Ashton Court followed by a hot chocolate
  • A 10km Christmas Eve run to blow off some steam!
  • To take some old friends climbing for a Christmas catch-up (followed by some mulled wine)
  • To practice 10 minutes of yoga every day during December

Keep an eye out for our Winter Warmer offer starting 11 December which offers anytime access to the gym, swimming pool and classes for just £20 for two weeks! Available to buy online from 11 December. Last use date 22 January 2022. 

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