Finding winter motivation

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Lily Williams , Staff Contributer

As the winter months come upon us, many lack the motivation to stay active as they did in the warmer months. Due to the colder temperatures and minimal sunlight, people resort to skipping workouts, preferring cuddling up with a blanket on the couch. What can you do to spark the ambition to stay fit?

Workout with a friend

Nothing pushes you more than a friend encouraging you to try harder. Having that accountability prevents the urge to bail on the workout. Studies by psychologists at Stony Brook University in New York found that the motivation of the people closest to us have a positive influence and encourages us to become more active. It is also found that 64 percent of people who train with friends push themselves harder in a workout.

Create Goals

Finding goals to push you further for the future gives you motivation to keep up with a routine. Because of our inherent determination and satisfaction from achievement, these goals prevent you from giving up. When making goals, find something that’s both realistic to achieve and somewhat challenging, as this will prolong your motivation.

Vary your workout

Changing your workout each day allows you to stay interested when exercising. Try to vary your schedule, doing a specific workout Monday, Wednesday and Friday and adjust it for Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. By changing your workout, you can complete a variety of exercises in a minimal amount of time throughout the winter.

These tricks to help motivation throughout the winter can help you stay fit and off the couch this holiday season.