The Winter Exercise Slump

Every year as it gets towards winter I feel so determined and so sure that this time, this winter, I will carry on exercising consistently. That I won’t succumb to the sleepiness and lethargy, and the desire to snuggle up and eat all the food that the dark days bring. But every year the same thing starts to happen.

winter exercise slump

I get tired, my body craves stodgy, warm comfort food (all day long), and my good habits slip. I feel as though even though I start off so determined to continue exercising every day, when it actually comes down to it I just can’t make myself do it. I can’t physically get up off my bum and spend ten minutes or so working out.

It’s so incredibly frustrating. Over this last few weeks I have only exercised a few times, and I am constantly saying to myself that I will definitely exercise tomorrow. The next morning I still have plans to try and fit a workout in, but as the day goes by I get more and more tired and lacking in energy, and it just ends up not happening for another day.

I know it’s not the end of the world, but I feel like I had really built up my strength and stamina after exercising consistently over the past year, and now it feels like I’ll just be starting again from the beginning. Also, I just feel so rubbish at the moment, and I’m sure exercising would help.

With Christmas and just the general wintery-ness I am eating a whole lot worse than I normally do, and not doing much of my usual healthy bits. I haven’t made a green smoothie in ages, and all I seem to want for breakfast is bread or bacon, or both.

I am hoping now that Christmas is over, and soon it will be the beginning of a new year that I will get back into it all; actually want to exercise again and start eating more healthily. I do actually feel and look much better when I look after myself properly, so I definitely have a big incentive to get back into it all.

Do you struggle with being healthy or exercising during the winter months? Do you have any tips to help me get going again?


  1. December 29, 2015 / 5:28 pm

    So happy i’m not alone! Now that the holidays are almost over I HAVE to get my s*** together!
    Fleece lined workout gear, Athleta has a really great line at the moment. It’s the only thing that will get me out there.

  2. December 30, 2015 / 1:51 pm

    Hehe, me too! It’s so hard to keep going isn’t it?! Good luck! x

  3. December 30, 2015 / 7:40 pm

    I was able to get through the winter months last year because I had a personal trainer. That is the ONLY REASON. lol It was so rough getting up extra early in the morning to go but I did it cause it was expensive and I wasn’t wasting my money.

    Since I left that gym for multiple reasons, I have been one lazy girl and I gained a lot of the weight that I lost back then. It wasn’t much but the toning was everything! I miss that. I want that without all the work. lol I guess everyone does. I am a pretty petite woman naturally but of course, I notice all the changes in my body when I don’t workout vs. when I do. So I am hoping I’ll jump back in, like you, in the new year.

    I’ll send a prayer for the both of us. lol
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