I try and keep my workout routine consistent throughout the year, which for me means five or six sessions a week. When it comes to winter, I find that the best way for me to stick to that is to try and shift my exercise to the morning. Once it starts getting dark early, I just know there’s no way I’ll commit to exercise once I leave work.
The trick is to identify those habits, and then create ways to get around them. I know when I make the switch to mornings that I’m going to have a hard time for a little bit, but once it becomes a routine it’s much easier. To be honest with you, if I relied on motivation alone to get me moving – I’d only be doing one in every 10 sessions.
It comes down to discipline and routine. Once you establish those pillars, it just becomes something that you do. I don’t wake up and think, ‘Should I work out today?’ I get dressed and get moving. No matter how much I want to stay in bed, I know that I’m going to feel good when I’ve finished exercising – and that feeling is going to stay with me throughout the day.