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Published Thursday Nov 21, 2019 by Ariel Belgrave

Winter Workouts: What You Need to Know to Stay Motivated

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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.

 

Set a spring goal. 

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!

 

Try something new. 

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.

 

Be prepared. 

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! 

 

Get a workout buddy.

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! 

Ariel Belgrave MINDBODY
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Ariel Belgrave
Professional Athlete | Self-Care Coach
About the author
Senior Project Manager at Facebook by day, Ariel is also a certified health coach, trainer, author, and founder of Gym Hooky, a wellness brand helping busy women create a happy, healthy lifestyle.
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Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

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For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.