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How to stay motivated to workout during the winter

So, it’s that time of year again, the cold season. Yes, this means cold weather as well as the flu/cold season. For some people, it discourages them from working out since the conditions aren’t the most ideal. I know I’d rather stay in my warm bad for as long as I could in the morning. And after work, I’m eager to get inside my house and out of the elements. This makes the notion of leaving for the gym a daunting task. However, I still motivate myself to workout. Here are some tips.

  1. Exercise inside! This is pretty self-explanatory. You don’t have to join a gym to workout. There are workout videos and routines you can find online to do. You don’t even need weights to workout!
  2. Update your playlist! This goes with working out at home. You can be running on the treadmill at home or doing a workout routine while jamming to your favorite tunes. Music can be extremely beneficial for maintaining high spirits and a positive mindset.  This can go a long way towards staying motivated and keeping consistent with your workouts.
  3. Lay out your workout clothes the night before! This is good advice in general when you workout, especially in the morning. You don’t want to be fumbling around for your workout clothes, especially when you’re tired or when every second counts since your mornings are so busy. Just be sure you do have the right clothes if you are going to be out in the cold.
  4. Have a workout buddy! Whether it be running outside or taking a Zumba class, it’s always great to have a buddy that can keep you accountable for working out. Plus, you can see it as a social occasion, which may motivate you even more to workout!
  5. Take before and after pictures! This may motivate you. Take a picture in the beginning of the cold season and then take one close to the end of it. Of course, you can take it weekly if you want but at least a before and after for the season. This includes tracking your weight and measurements!
  6. Take sports or learn something new! My sister hates the idea of going to the gym or going outside for a run. However, it’s important to remember that there are many fun things you can do to stay active like rock-climbing, hiking, or bike riding. While hiking or bike riding isn’t an indoor activity, you can try something like rock climbing at indoor facility or playing tennis or basketball on an indoor court. You can think creatively and have fun while still staying active.

You can’t change the cold weather. However, you are in control of how you react to it. While it’s fun to snuggle up in bed or on the couch with your hot chocolate, don’t forget how important it is to still get up and get moving!

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