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5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out This Winter

When it is freezing outside and you feel as if your face is about to break off from the harsh winds, going to the gym is probably the last thing on your mind. You try to stay on top of your workout regime but it slowly starts to disappear as you get further into the semester with homework piling up and the freezing temperatures setting in. However, you want a change. Here are five tips to help motivate you to get out to the gym!

 

  1. Make it Fun

Sticking to one workout routine or solely using machines can get boring after a while. However, having a creative and fun workout plan will motivate you to keep exercising. Try to find cool, new routines to do and switch them up every week. Pinterest is a great place to find these and they have a ton of them. You can also change up the type of exercises you do. If you only use the treadmill and step-climber while at the gym, then try doing zumba one day. This will make it more enjoyable for you thus motivating you to go every week.

 

2. Grab A Friend

Going to the gym alone can be a bit nerve-racking and sometimes, it can discourage you from going. Having someone accompany you to the gym is great way to make yourself go. They will make sure you don’t skip out on days and encourage you to finish those last ten push-ups. It can also be a time to bond and catch up especially if you don’t get to see them all the time. So grab a friend, or even a group, and meet up at the gym on certain days out of the week.

 

3. Create a Schedule

 

Setting aside times is a great way to keep up with exercising. Pick two or three days that you have the most down time and go to the gym then. Once it is a part of your daily routine, then you are not gonna stray away from it as much. You can also make a work-out schedule for the entire month or even two. Each day, write out what body part you are going to focus on and stick with it. When it comes time to do your favorite work out, you will be pumped to get in the gym and get it done.

 

4. Thinking Ahead

Think about how good you are going to feel after you finished your workout. You will feel refreshed and ready to tackle anything the rest of the day. Go even further and think about the summertime, when the benefits of working out now will show. You will look and feel good in your new summer outfits. Plus, you will have the energy to be active and stay out on those long, sunny days.

 

Reward Yourself

If you reward yourself every time you accomplish a week of working out (a week meaning your set days for exercising), then you won’t want to give up on it. Think of the things that make you happy and make that an incentive for. Whether its purchasing a new outfit, watching the new episode of your favorite show, or eating a delicious treat, having a reward at the end is a great motivation to get up and go exercise.

Alexandra Whitehead is a Senior at SUNY at Buffalo State. Originally from Virginia, she is majoring in Fashion Textile and Techonology with a concentration in Merchandising. She also has a minor in Theatre. Alexandra is a big advocate for the arts, taking great pleasure in literature, performing, and media arts. She also loves traveling and experiencing new things. In the Fall of 2014, she had the great opportunity to study abroad in London at Regents University. It was an amazing experience that taught her so much about herself and the different cultures around her. When she graduates, Alexandra aspires to be a film/television actress, owner of a eco-friendly fashion boutique, and owner of an animal rescue that saves feral cats and kittens from the streets. 
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