How to stay motivated during sweater weather

large fall
Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

It’s officially October which means I get to unpack all of my favorite sweaters. Ah, I love this change in weather!! Okay, just kidding; I actually hate the cold. My body is not a fan of anything below 70 degrees, but what I do enjoy is pulling out my fall wardrobe. I mean who doesn’t like a good cable knit sweater, some high-waisted jeans, and a pair of tall boots.

But in all honesty, my daily wardrobe in the fall can be more accurately categorized as a college bum. Once the weather starts turning chilly, my laziness hits an all-time high, and it is not good. Not only do my academic and personal responsibilities slip but any hope of staying active goes down the drain.

Losing motivation in the cold months may be common for most college students, especially since midterm season is approaching rapidly. But cold weather does not have to mean you stay inside being a couch potato until March.

It’s all about embracing the brisk temperatures and finding your fitness purpose. Seems like a simple idea, but this didn’t click with me until I read, “I Train So I Can…” by Kasey Brown, a youth and women fitness coach/ trainer. Her message is all about finding the why behind your fitness journey, and using that as your core motivation.

Maybe you train because you’re an endorphin junkie or maybe you train to be healthier, stronger, and happier. Whatever the reason is, find that and use it to your advantage. It’s all about why you do it. This journey is yours and no one else’s. You’re not doing it for anyone else but yourself, which is why you need to come up with your motivation.

I originally started my fitness journey because I was training for a half marathon, that my friend begged me to run with her. I happened to get out of it (I was very happy about this), but this didn’t stop me from continuing to stay active as much as I can. It can be very hard but there are ways to keep your motivation up as the temperatures go down.

How to stay motivated:

Find your fitness journey why. Repeat it. Believe it.

It’s very easy to come up with why you want to be more active and live a healthier lifestyle but identifying it is not enough. You really have to believe it. On those days where you’re stuck in fuzzy socks and a fleece onesie, repeating your fitness purpose will help you to get up and get active. Need an extra push? Get some friends involved and motivate each other to ditch the fuzzy socks for a few hours and get sweaty.

socks

Don’t let your favorite show stop you.

I’m awful at this. I find my new favorite show and basically live and breathe it until I’ve finished every season. Leaving a butt print on your couch should not be the only thing you accomplish during the cold months. Go for a run, go to the gym, or do a fitness class, and once you’re done I promise slouching on that couch at the end of the day will feel even more satisfying. Don’t feel like leaving your house? Clear some space and exercise in your living while you watch your show. Anyway to get active is a good way, so do what works for you.

Don’t do it alone.

You’re independent and a powerhouse but every warrior needs support. Get your friends involved in your fitness journey and make it a group effort. It is easy to fail as one person because keeping yourself accountable is hard. Your friends are there for you, just like you’re there for them, so do it together!

Don’t let the start of sweater weather keep you bundled up, get out there and live your active life.    

 

 

 

Relieve stress with a girl’s night in

Ever feel overwhelmed? Is the stress getting to you? Well, I’m right there with you. I feel stressed very often and sometimes its hard to get out of the funk. It’s getting a little old having very little free time for myself. I’m sure you can relate.

It’s important to make time to wind down and relax. One of my favorite ways to wind down usually involves some wine and a favorite show. Relaxing seems very simple but I’m finding it harder and harder to squeeze it into my tight schedule.

I’ve also noticed lately, not only am I not making time for myself, I’m not making time for my friends. I started looking into it and found Fun And Healthy Ways To Spend A Girls’ Night, written by Kayla Itsines. It makes so much sense and the idea of making time to relax with friends is so simple, but can be hard to juggle with everything else. I think we all just get so caught up in what we’re doing, and we seem to forget how important friendships are. I tend to think when I’m feeling overwhelmed or upset that it’s just me dealing with it, but it’s not.

You’re probably wondering how this pertains to fitness or exercise or anything I’ve ever talked about before, so here it goes: you can’t be healthy and happy until you take care of not only yourself but the relationships in your life.

Next time when you’re filling in your planner, try making more time for the friendships in your life. And I don’t just mean a night out at the bar. Sure, I like a couple (maybe 6) vodka cranberries at the bar but sometimes it’s nicer to avoid the obnoxious crowds and just have a night in.

Ideas for girl’s night in:

Wine & Dye

Who doesn’t like a nice glass of wine to end a busy day. Sure, you could drink wine and watch TV but where’s the fun in that. Change the usual up a bit and add a little hair dye into the mix. If you’re like me and on a budget, boxed hair dye is the way to go, but it can be hard to do it by yourself. And very boring might I add. Grab your friends and have fun with it. It’s super easy so don’t worry. Make it even better by add your favorite snack.

food

Yoga

Going to the gym or to a fitness class is great to do with a group of friends, but what if you don’t have time or don’t feel like dealing with that many people. No worries! You can exercise at home with your friends using workout videos. My favorite are yoga videos because they help you to tone your body and relieve stress.

Face masks & Abs

If I’m being honest, buying face masks are one of my guilty pleasures. I have a ton of them but continue to buy more. Most face masks stay on for about 10-15 minutes and in that time, I’m usually scrolling through social media (as if I haven’t done that earlier). Anyways, the time to let face masks work, is a great amount of time to get your abs burning. Friends and face masks, make abs not as awful, so try it next time you’re cleaning your pores.