Cold Sweats

Cold weather calls for hot tea, warm blankets, good books, and lots of sweating. It’s hard to avoid going into hibernation mode, but switching up your workout routine is a great way to stay motivated this winter. Summer and Fall were filled with outdoor runs and now that those choices aren’t options, I’ve decided to decrease my running and amp up my weight training. Although you might be no expert in this matter that doesn’t mean you can’t do it AND do it successfully. Although running and other cardiovascular exercises are great ways to speed up your heart rate and burn those calories, there are many pros to weight training that get overlooked. Building muscle prevents injury by strengthening your body and can help get rid of those aches and pains you get while running. Weight training can also help you burn more calories throughout the day by boosting your metabolism! For each pound of muscle you gain,you lose 35-50 more calories each day!  Studies also show that weight training helps fight against osteoporosis, diabetes,and can boost self-esteem. So if you’re like me and try to avoid the weights in they gym, always remember that everyone had to start somewhere. Never compare your day one with someone else’s day twenty. YOU WILL GET THERE. If you’re starting to consider getting more weights in but don’t know where to start, try apps like Fitness Buddy. My favorite thing about this app is it asks you which part of the body you want to focus on then lists exercises. It also shows you videos which is super beneficial! Remember don’t feed into your excuses! Your goal may be different from mine but as long as you have a goal, you are on the right track! I’ll leave you with this quote 😉

“The tragedy in life does not lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.” -Benjamin E. Mayes

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