The days are short and the skies are grey; winter can make it feel tough to get out on the bike at times.
However, don’t let the cooler months put the brakes on your love for the bike and turn your health and fitness goals on their heads!
Here are a few simple and straightforward tips to keep you riding and in good health through til spring!
Take a short break first
If you’re feeling your cycling mojo has taken a bit of a downturn, sometimes it can be good to take a short time away from the bike; especially when it’s the height of winter and there’s effectively nothing to lose.
Allow yourself 5 – 7 days away from cycling and enjoy some extra free time. If you’re feeling the need to get the body moving, do some walking, yoga or jogging.
By the end of the time away you’ll be gagging to get back into the saddle and get pedalling, and that new motivation should see you through until spring!
Try a training plan
Sometimes, feeling demotivated is a product of feeling directionless. The rainclouds are looking threatening and you don’t know where to ride, or how long to ride for. It’s all too-easy to just not bother.
Commit to a training plan and every ride has a purpose and is part of a wider plan. You wake up knowing exactly what you’re going to do on the bike that day, and with that knowledge, you’re half-way into the saddle already.