As the sun sets earlier and the evenings grow darker, staying motivated after the end of Daylight Saving Time can be challenging. At Exygon, we recognize the impact of diminished daylight on your motivation. However, maintaining a positive mindset and making a few adjustments to your routine can help you continue to shine brightly on your fitness journey.
The diminishing evening sunlight directly affects our motivation levels, making it harder to find the energy for physical activities and often leading to fatigue and reluctance to exercise. Additionally, the reduced daylight exposure can trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in many individuals, intensifying feelings of depression and diminishing the motivation necessary for an active lifestyle. SAD, influenced by changing seasons and decreased sunlight, highlights the importance of effective coping strategies to combat demotivation and stay focused on our fitness goals.
Tips to Stay Motivated & Energized
Embrace the Change
Instead of resisting the early darkness, embrace it as an opportunity for introspection and self-improvement. Use this time to focus on your well-being, both physically and mentally. Embracing change with a positive attitude can help you adapt and find new ways to stay motivated.
Change Your Workout Routine to the Mornings
Consider shifting your workout routine to the mornings. Starting your day with exercise not only ensures you get your workout in before the day gets busy but also energizes you for the rest of the day. Morning workouts can be invigorating, setting a positive tone for the day ahead.
If you find it challenging to stay motivated alone, why not try a group fitness class? Engaging in group exercises not only provides a sense of community but also adds an element of fun and camaraderie to your workouts. Whether it’s a high-energy Zumba or LesMills class, or a calming yoga session, participating in group fitness can boost your motivation and make your fitness journey more enjoyable. Find our Group X class schedules here.
Go to Bed Earlier
Adequate sleep is crucial for both physical and mental well-being. With the evenings getting darker, take advantage of the extra darkness by going to bed earlier. Create a relaxing bedtime routine, dim the lights, and unwind to ensure you get enough rest. Quality sleep will rejuvenate your body and mind, making it easier to stay motivated and focused during the day.
Exercise Safely Indoors
If you’re accustomed to exercising outdoors in the evenings, it’s essential to be aware of the dangers posed by limited visibility. Running or cycling in low-light conditions can increase the risk of accidents. Furthermore, public parks and outdoor spaces often witness an uptick in dangerous activities during the evening hours.
To ensure your safety and peace of mind, consider getting a gym membership, allowing you to exercise indoors at your preferred time. Our well-equipped facilities at Exygon provide a safe and well-lit environment for your workouts, eliminating the risks associated with outdoor activities in low-light situations. Click here to join now.
As we embrace the darker evenings, follow these tips to stay positive, stay
active, and keep progressing on your health and fitness journey. Every challenge is an opportunity for growth. Let’s navigate this season of change together and emerge stronger, healthier, and more motivated than ever before.