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The winter season is here. With dropped temperatures and a 4:30pm sunset, the thought of working out can be far from your mind. Why? Because curling up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate sounds like the best treat!
While I would never tell you to turn down a yummy cup of hot chocolate, I want to make sure the cold weather doesn’t stop you from getting up and moving. Here are four ways you can stay motivated to work out during the winter season.
Let's be real - it’s easier to stay on track when you've got your eyes on the prize. Consider signing yourself up for a spring half marathon, charity run, or a fun fitness event like a Spartan Race or Tough Mudder. Aim to challenge yourself to do a certain number of push-ups or pull-ups by the end of the winter. Goals like these require preparation and commitment and will give you a reason to workout. I would encourage you to break down your big goal into mini goals that you can tick off week by week to keep yourself motivated and a step closer to your big goal!
One of the fastest ways to lose motivation to work out in the winter is boredom. If you’ve been doing the same type of workout every day for months and haven’t been getting as excited about it, switch things up. Keep your body guessing! Have you ever taken a Pilates class? How about HIIT? When was the last time you swam laps in an indoor pool? Use the winter season as a time to experiment with new classes or activities you haven’t tried before. I personally aim to try a new class once a week. The MINDBODY app makes it easy for me to explore new classes without committing to a monthly membership.
If you’re going to work out in the morning, set your clothes out the night before so that you don’t have to do any thinking when you wake up. You won’t have as many excuses if you’re all packed and ready to go first thing in the morning. Not a morning person? That’s alright! Pack everything you need for a lunch or evening workout. Schedule it like you would a work meeting or drinks with friends—you wouldn’t bail on them, so don’t bail on yourself!
Getting off the couch to work out in the winter (or any time for that matter) is much easier when you have a friend by your side. By scheduling an outdoor run, gym time, or fitness classes throughout the week, you and your workout buddy will hold each other accountable. No one wants to be a no-show when their buddy is depending on them!
Searching for fitness motivation? Follow Ariel at @gymhooky for healthy recipes, workouts, and lifestyle tips!
Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID.
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.
Here’s what you had to say...
53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.
While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.
58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.
69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.
But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”
Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).
Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...
It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them.