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The Grind Don’t Stop: 10 ways to stay in shape during the cold season

By January 1st you’ll be too late.

The mad rush to getting fit by Summer 2018 is literally everyone’s objective once the year resets.

We’re talking packed gyms, Facebook statuses declaring new lifestyles, and starting that questionable new juice cleanse.

You don’t want that life, beloved. This is why you cannot take a season off.

Working out in the Fall/Winter seasons is not attractive for a lot of reasons. You’re not showing skin, it’s colder, thus making you less motivated to get out there, and the amount of food and sweets that come with the holidays make it damn near impossible to stay in shape.

While these are all valid reasons to take the holiday season off, your perspective would be more inclined to change if you tried looking at staying in shape as an opportunity.

What sense does ruining all the hard work that, in theory, you’ve been putting in since the 1st?

So here are some tips for you to stay fit.

Embrace the cool

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Half of the battle is in your mindset.

Yes, initially you’re going to be cold as hell but remember, you’re eventually going to work up a sweat — you’re not going to be cold the entire time. Get outside and enjoy the brisk weather.

You never know, you may enjoy it better than working out in the sun.

Remember, it gets dark earlier

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Because it’s the Fall/Winter time, it gets darker earlier.

So late night workout sessions might have to transition to day-time sessions as well as keeping in mind what that means for the neighborhoods you run/go to workout.

Location is key

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You must keep in mind that motivating yourself will be much more difficult during this season. This is why location is so important.

Finding a gym, park, or rec center that’s closer in proximity will dramatically increase your willpower to go out.

Plan ahead

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Preparing is an easy way to get your mind ready to workout.

Packing your workout bag, laying out your clothes, meal prep, and even setting your shoes by the door are all ways that you can make the process of pumping yourself up easier.

Find inside routines

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Sometimes it’s not your motor that will be your biggest deterrent, but the weather conditions.

This is why your creativity must heighten in the colder months if you plan on staying in shape.

This can be pairing an exercise with a television show, in-home workout videos etc. At the end of the day, it’s all about willpower and your ability to eliminate excuses.

Find a partner

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Two heads are better than one and though extremely trite, this old adage rings true when you’re attempting to pry yourself out of your warm cocoon to venture into the cold to lift.

When you have someone to hold you accountable, it instills the fear of letting more than just yourself down.

Having trouble getting up to go work out?

Just let someone know you’re supposed to meet them.


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Yes, while there will be all sorts delectable goodies during the holiday season, a sure way to ensure that you remain fit is to limit portion size or simply exercise discipline.

Each season features fruits and vegetables that are essential to sustain health, researching what they are as well being strict about what you consume will take you lengths towards that Summer 18 look you crave.

Have a goal

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Without a destination, it’s hard to have direction and without direction, you’ll go nowhere.

This is why there should be a planned out objective that you would like to see yourself accomplish going into these cold months, especially if it’s your first time working out during these types of conditions.

If you came into Fall with a set weight, plan on leaving Winter with a different one.

Make a commitment

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Make a vow to yourself that you’re going to reach whatever benchmark you set, then commit to it. When you have it in your head that this is something you truly want to do, it will make waking up to the unfavorable weather conditions a lot easier.

The first step is believing that it’s something you’re capable of doing. Once you realize the possibility, it’ll be a lot easier to stay fit.

Don’t be a straggler and wait ’till the first of the month to begin getting in shape. Do it now.