5 Ways to Stay Motivated with Autumn & Winter Cycling
September 10, 20192 min read
When the summer season ends and the days start to get shorter and colder, it can be hard to motivate yourself to train (especially if you’re working from home!). So, to stay on track and hit next season’s goals, here are our top tips for motivating yourself over the autumn and winter months.
5 Tips For Autumn & Winter Cycling
When the summer season ends and the days start to get shorter and colder, it can be hard to motivate yourself to train (especially if you’re working from home!). So, to stay on track and hit next season’s goals, here are our top tips for motivating yourself for cycling in the autumn and winter months.
1.TAKE A BREAK
Take a short break before getting back into training, to let yourself prepare for the season. That way, when you get back to cycling, you'll feel motivated and ready to get moving and reach those targets.
2. STICK TO A SCHEDULE DURING THE AUTUMN
Getting into a routine nice and early is a great way to continue feeling motivated throughout the later months. Once you’ve worked out how long you can dedicate to your training each night it’ll be much easier to hop on the Wattbike Atom and grind out a session. Soon it’ll feel as natural as your usual wake-up or wind-down routine.
3.TRY NEW TRAINING TECHNIQUES
If you feel like your training is hitting a rut, the autumn/winter season is a great time to switch up and add something new. Considering bringing in some off-bike strength training and try a routine with weights, or check out new sessions on theWattbike Hub Appto bring in a new element of interest.
4. BEAT THE BLUES
The autumn and winter months can be a difficult time for adjustment, and according to research commissioned by YouGov, one in three adults suffer from seasonally affected disorders. If you’re starting to feel a little blue on a dull day, hop on theindoor bikeand release those endorphins through exercise.
5. MAKE THE MOST OF DAYLIGHT
If you have the luxury of still being able to ride outside, even at weekends, make the most of it. Outdoor and indoor training accompany each other well, plus you’ll be able to see those indoor gains translate onto the road. You’ll have until the end of October before the clocks change back, so if it’s safe to go out, maybe add in a weekly ride to avoid pain cave-induced cabin fever. You could even organise a group ride and convince your pals to join you on Zwift!
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