How to stay motivated during sweater weather

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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.

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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.    

 

 

 

Confessions of a fitness wannabe

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Confession #1: I have spent hours scrolling through Instagram fitness pages. And when I say hours…I mean hours.

My original interest in following fitness accounts was to one day reach that same pinnacle of fitness. I would say to myself maybe one day I’ll have 6 pack abs, be able to squat 250 lbs., or be able bench press my own body weight.

Scrolling through fitness accounts was my way of gaining motivation to go to the gym, and it worked…at first. There’s always this notion that with the right amount of sweat and tears the seemingly impossible goal, is possible, but only if you really want it. I was jealous of these gorgeous people and their impeccable bodies, but I was never going to go to the full extreme that these pages were promoting.

And I’m okay with that.


Confession #2: I have purchased whey protein, detox tea, green tea pills, and many other weight loss or exercise supplements.

All of which have rotted away in my cabinet. I’m pretty sure there is still a tub of chocolate whey protein in the very back of my parents’ pantry, collecting dust (oops).


Confession #3: I went on multiple tinder dates with this guy last year, to get the fitness inside scoop.

Okay I lied, in all honesty I swiped right because of his sculpted thighs and irresistible man bun, but I mean who wouldn’t. Am I, right?

The guy was a professional weightlifter and it showed in every way possible; the pictures didn’t lie. It was all fun and games until he brought out the scale. Before eating any food, this man weighed everything he was going to consume, and recorded it into his fitness app. Accounting for each item of food, weighing the contents, calculating calories burned throughout the day, and limiting yourself to very few food options, doesn’t sound fun to me.

Is that really a healthy way of living? Weighing food is for grocery stores and restaurant kitchens. Weighing food for a dietary plan, well that’s just not something I can get on board with.


Confession #4: I have tried pre-workout and I am not a fan.

Pre-workout may be great for others; that is if you like to experience what can only be described as tiny heart attacks. Just kidding, it wasn’t that bad. In fact, I really didn’t notice much of a change in my energy levels at all. In a 2017 International Journal of Exercise Science study, it found that pre-workout only increases energy and strength levels by 4-8 percent.

Really makes you wonder what all the hype is about and what exactly is in those supplements.


 

Whatever happened to simple health and fitness. My life is complicated enough; I don’t have time to get in a two-hour gym session every day, count my daily macros, or obsess about my caloric intake. If that’s for you, great, but it’s not for me.

I now believe simple is better. Be creative with exercise. You don’t have to just be a gym rat to be fit. Have fun with it. You won’t stick to it if you hate it or die of boredom each time you drag yourself to the gym.

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