Winter blues? The Daily Croissant has the cure!
It’s very hard to stay motivated to run in the winter months. Although winter brings great opportunity for snuggling in at home, taking some quality time to stay in with loved ones and cook meals together or diving into a good book, it’s also a time when a lot of New Yorkers experience symptoms of seasonal depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Even the acronym is SAD. The days are shorter and it’s not as appealing to go out running in the cold as it is in the beautiful spring or fall months. But on the flip side, running is a way to get those endorphins going to beat that seasonal depression and stay in shape after all that homemade pizza.
Here are some tips for staying motivated to run in the winter:
- Join a running group! Running with others keeps us accountable. This was one of the best choices I made last year. Every Saturday morning I knew the group would be meeting up despite the coldest of temps. It really helped that coffee and croissants were at the finish line too! I found my group, #RunForLife, through my church, but there’s another fun group through Meetup.com called Run and Chug that meets in NYC every Wednesday evening and goes out for drinks after.
- Invest in some warm running gear so that after a few minutes into your run, you don’t even feel the cold anymore! I recently got a new headband, running jacket and lined running tights that not only look great, but feel great and keep me warm even when the temps drop. This vortex jacket from Athleta is quite perfect and on sale now! It’s slim fitting, so there’s no bulk in your way when running. It’s fleece lined and zips all the way up to your chin to keep the draft out. It comes in 3 great colors: black, wild raisin (purple), and chianti. If you get the chianti, it’s only right that you treat yourself to a glass after your run! Don’t forget your gloves. This will make all the difference. If you can’t feel your hands, you won’t be able to high five your friends when you finish!
- Schedule your runs. Running for me is 90% mental. Some days I make every excuse not to go. You have to prepare yourself and maybe even plan out your runs for the week to stay motivated. I schedule at least one run a week on my calendar. I physically write it down so I know when it’s coming and I can’t make any excuses for why I can’t do it.
- Since you’ll have to psych yourself up for getting out of your warm bed and onto the trails, you’ll have to prepare an awesome playlist and start playing it as you’re getting dressed. I’m currently listening to The Weeknd’s Starboy album during my runs and it really gets me going. There are lots of upbeat jams on there to get you hyped. There’s no way you’ll want to stay still once you start listening. May I suggest setting your alarm to False Alarm? It’s sure to get you out of bed!
- Switch up your locale. A change of scenery is always good, and if you so happen to be in NYC for your run there is no better place to do it than Central Park. There are so many people running that loop regardless of snow, sleet, or rain. And if that doesn’t motivate you, there’s always some kind of race going on in the park. Check out some of the shots from #RunForLife’s latest run in Central Park!
I hope this motivates you to get out there and stop making excuses! What motivates you to run or workout in the middle of winter?