Short days, dark skies, cold air… when you face this scenario, the last thing you want to do is step outside of your door for a workout. Staying in, ordering take-out, tucking yourself into a cosy throw on your couch, and Netflix binging… now that sounds much better!

Yeah, better… Except for your weight, your health and your fitness progress. It might have taken you weeks to build the habit of training consistently, but it might take just a few days to break it! How to prevent losing all that we have achieved when the elements themselves make it so hard to be consistent? Here are some ways to beat some sense into yourself and do what you must!

  1. Remember how far you’ve come. After months of working hard you’ve achieved heaps! You’ve lost some kilos, you’re stronger and leaner… closer to your ideal self! Do you really want to go back to square one? I’m pretty sure you don’t.
  2. Get your gear ready to go the day before. Keep yourself from making excuses by having your workout clothes ready to go from the night before. Plan for success!
  3. Focus on the PRs. Personal records are a great way to look forward to a workout while keeping ourselves accountable in a fun way. Aim to lift more kilos in your squat sessions! Try to run a longer distance, or same distance in shorter time!
  4. Keep the ultimate goal in mind. We know it’s a matter of time and effort to get where we want. And what we want is to be fit for life. Healthy forever. Lean and strong ’til the end of time.

It’s hard to beat the chill. But that’s the beauty of it. That’s what makes it especially satisfying when you don’t surrender to winter. That’s what makes YOU a force of nature.

Julio Gutierrez is the founder and Head Coach of Hurricane Fitness. His love for the deadlift is almost as big as his love of pop culture.