The moment you open your eyes after a long night’s sleep, push your blanket away and feel that first rush of cold air, getting up to do yoga is probably the last thing on your mind. It feels a lot more cozy to pull the blankets up to your chin and roll back over to your perfectly rumpled bed than it does to get up and workout.

I live in a warm climate where it doesn’t usually get below 30*F, so I can only imagine how tough it must be for those of you who live in truly wintery places.

There’s a few ways to combat the lazyness that comes along with feeling freezing, so let’s get right to it!

1. Set yourself up.
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In the colder months, I sleep with my coziest sweatshirt right on my nightstand. So the moment I have to get up, I put that on and shuffle off to the bathroom to brush my teeth. There’s way less hesitation because I can stay bundled and NOT freeze my buns off first thing in the morning. Maybe it’s a sweatshirt or a robe, but put something warm and cozy next to your bed so you have something to layer with right away.

2. Promise yourself something good.
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I drink a hot cup of tea first thing in the morning and it does wonders for warming me up. Coffee is delicious (and essential) but I find that tea is lighter and a better choice for an empty stomach. Plus, for some reason it warms me much better than a coffee! When you wake up and feel chilly, remember that you’re going to fix that up real quick as soon as you get to the kitchen! Once it becomes part of your regular winter morning ritual, you’ll actually look forward to getting out of bed so you can have your tea.

3. Get knee socks!
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If you’re the kind of person who wants to stay super warm while you practice, get a pair of knee socks. They stay put while you practice and your toes won’t feel frostbitten! When I practice in the morning, I keep my hoodie on and some tall knit socks and I’m good to go! I own the ones pictured in black from Grace and Lace and they’re SO warm and comfortable. Highly recommend!

4. Don’t break the chain!
Go print a blank calendar of the month ahead. Now set your alarm for the morning and do some yoga. Cross out the appropriate day on the calendar and commit to doing the same thing the next day. Once you get a couple X’s on your calendar, you will NOT want to break that chain! I know it sounds silly, but it really does work. I have my own version where I write it on my to-do list every day and if I don’t cross it off, I feel like I let myself down.

Over to you! How do you motivate yourself to get up and stay moving, even through the winter months?

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