As the winter drags on, bringing with it cold, dark, and often gloomy days, staying motivated in our fitness routines can feel like battling hibernation. However, there are plenty of ways to keep the fire burning for your fitness goals, even when your bed seems like the most appealing workout partner. Let’s dive into some ways to stay motivated to ensure you’re not waiting out the winter, but thriving through it.

Take on a Challenge

Firstly, let’s talk about turning your fitness routine into a game—because who doesn’t love a bit of competition, especially when prizes are at stake? Challenges like BPM Bingo are the perfect way to spice up your workouts. Participants are crossing off challenges from our BPM Bingo sheets, where each square you complete gets you closer to being entered for a chance to win some incredible prizes. But this isn’t just about winning goodies; it’s about setting small, achievable goals that keep you coming back for more. Challenges are fantastic for keeping you engaged, motivated, and accountable. It’s the thrill of the game and the community that come together to push you through those tough winter months.

Set Short-Term Goals

When it comes to maintaining motivation, setting short-term goals can be incredibly effective. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, individuals who set short-term goals are more likely to maintain motivation and achieve their objectives (Norcross & Vangarelli, 1988). Whether it’s improving your 5K time, mastering a new yoga pose, or simply committing to a certain number of workouts per week, these mini milestones can provide a sense of achievement and progress that’s essential for staying motivated.

Find a Workout Buddy

Additionally, the power of accountability cannot be overstated. Teaming up with a workout buddy can significantly enhance your motivation. A study in the Journal of Social Sciences found that participants tend to mirror the workout behaviors of their partners, which can lead to increased physical activity levels (Plante et al., 2010). Plus, it’s just more fun to have someone to share the journey with. Whether it’s a friend, family member, or fellow BPM Member, a workout buddy can keep you committed on those tough days.

Switch Up Your Routine

Next, let’s talk about the enemy of motivation: boredom. Keeping your workout routine fresh and exciting is crucial for staying engaged. Try incorporating new types of workouts, whether it’s a rotating Group Fitness Class Schedule, an outdoor adventure, or a new style of yoga. A change in routine can reignite your enthusiasm for fitness and also challenge your body in new ways. This can be key for overcoming plateaus and continuing to see results.

Reward Yourself

Finally, don’t forget to reward yourself for your hard work. Setting up a reward system for meeting your fitness goals can be a great motivator. This doesn’t have to counteract your fitness achievements; think along the lines of a massage for sore muscles, a new workout outfit, or a fancy water bottle. It’s about acknowledging your efforts and treating yourself to something that makes you feel good and supports your fitness journey.


  • Norcross, J.C., & Vangarelli, D.J. (1988). The resolution solution: Longitudinal examination of New Year’s change attempts. Journal of Substance Abuse, 1(2), 127-134.
  • Plante, T.G., Madden, M., Mann, S., Lee, G., Hardesty, A., Gable, N., Terry, A., & Kaplow, G. (2010). Effects of perceived fitness level of exercise partner on intensity of exertion. Journal of Social Sciences, 6(1), 50-54.

To summarize, staying motivated through the colder months requires a blend of creativity, accountability, and a willingness to challenge yourself. Whether it’s through participating in challenges, setting short-term goals, finding a workout buddy, switching up your routine, or rewarding yourself, the key is to find what works for you and keep pushing forward. Remember, spring is just around the corner, and with it comes sunshine and better days. Let’s not just endure the winter; let’s emerge stronger, together!