The Autumn and Winter months provide just as much time to be active as the brighter side of the year. Less daylight can be instrumental for an individual to disrupt the strong foundations of health, fitness and vitality that has been acquired in Summer. It's also a time, particularly January, when many will throw themselves at catching up. This can have unfortunate results due to overtraining/ new activity induced injury, poor nutrition to support increased output and a drastic reduction in frequency by the end of February due to lack of planning, enjoyment and direction.
A challenge on the immediate horizon
Set a challenge that requires immediate action and isn't too far away in time. I've seen it many times where a client has a place in a Spring marathon such as London. They get the place in November. 6 months is a long way off to remain highly motivated for a single event. A typical outcome is that training consistently gets delayed, because that event is ages away, and training starts in earnest middle of January. Now, all that is going to happen is a game of catch up, mistakes and stress. A Madmule programme takes this into consideration of course ;-) . A nudge is all that it takes and we all respond to a positive nudge.
Reward and challenge yourself on a weekly basis. The relevance to long term goals helps, though is not essential.
Are you ready?
Wait for the Winter to pass and life itself will pass you by. You are not a bear. You cannot fly South. You have to make the most of the time available for activity in a world where you demand so much of your yourself. Look after the foundations. The foundation is you. Maintain it and it will be the biggest step to making gains you ever experience.
Best in health and adventure.