We can all agree that it’s so much harder to motivate yourself during colder months. More so when you need to get yourself back into your routine after the Christmas period. We’ve created a short guide aimed to get you motivated for some much-needed winter cycling.
Firstly, the most important aspect of cycling in winter is your health and safety. The key areas on your body to keep warm are your head, hands, feet and torso so be sure to dress appropriately for a winter cycle. Wearing a tightly fitted hat or balaclava under your helmet will help reduce the loss of body heat through your head and it’s very important to wear lightweight, breathable layers, that also wind and water-resistant to keep you warm and dry. An obvious solution to reduce cold feet is thermal socks and try to wear long fingered-gloves or mittens to keep your hands warm.
One way to get you motivated during winter is to spruce up your bike or cycling accessories! We have plenty of items and accessories that may be just what you need, perhaps a new funky helmet, a fancy saddlebag, some new reflectors or a universal phone mount.
When it comes to quality, it is well worth investing in your bike and accessories including clothing, to get the most out of your cycling experience. Get those stylish cycling shorts or new cycling trainers you’ve always wanted and back into it! There are also plenty of modern fitness trackers out there these days which enable you to track your distance and speed as well as your step count, eating and drinking. Warning: It may become addictive!
Meeting up with friends or other cycling enthusiasts could be the motivation you need to get up and go. There is nothing more motivating than knowing you’re going to have fun; the exercise is a bonus! If you really don’t fancy cycling in the blistering weather, see if there are any spinning classes or cycling groups local to you, now you have no excuse.
Setting goals, short term or long term, can really help you strive and motivate you. Set up a chart or diary to keep track of your progress, mark them off as you go along and don’t forget to reward yourself when you achieve them. Know your limits, go at your own pace, take breaks when you need to and remember something is always better than nothing, even if you cycle for half the time you originally planned, you still did more exercise than some someone who did none at all.
Social media plays a huge part in society and you can use it to your advantage, particularly for motivation. Follow people or accounts that inspires you and get inspiration from what they’re doing, what they’re wearing, what they’re eating and more importantly how they keep motivated. More importantly, you can share your own posts and receive support and encouragement from the online community during your progression, besides there’s nothing more encouraging than being praised on your achievements!