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As the cold weather of winter approaches, many people will feel less motivated to keep up with their daily workouts. It’s especially important to engage in a wide variety of physical activity in the winter because people are generally less active. These tips will help you stay motivated throughout the winter months.

Wear Synthetics

There are two reasons you should avoid cotton and other natural fibers for your winter workouts. First, these fabrics are porous, which means they soak up your sweat and become damp. This will lead to you cutting your workout short due to the chill you’ll feel. If you don’t stop working out, the dampness will raise the risks of developing hypothermia or frostbite. Nylon, polyester, and polypropylene are ideal for wearing over the skin and beneath exterior layers that can be made from any warm fabric.

Protect Your Fingers and Toes

When working out in colder weather, be sure to protect your hands and feet by wearing warm gloves and socks. You should also wear a warm hat, hood, or scarf to protect your head. It’s a good idea to ditch your summer running shoes, which have air holes in them. The air holes are designed to keep your feet cool in the summer by releasing hot air and letting fresh air into the shoe. You can protect your feet by investing in winter hiking or running shoes designed to protect the feet from freezing temperatures and melting snow.

Stop by the Gym

Once you begin skipping your trip to the gym, you’ll end up in a situation in which you never go. You can avoid this cycle of procrastination if you can find a simple reason to drop by your gym. Whether you like the refreshments the sell or want to check your weight, plan on going to the gym for a few minutes. You’ll find that you end up working out for an hour just because it’s convenient.

There are more things you can do to stay motivated in the winter. For example, keeping your workout clothes close to a heater to ensure they’ll be warm when you wake up will make the prospect of working out a little more inviting. You can also partner up with a friend, which provides a way for you to keep each other motivated. As you begin feeling those winter blues, look for more tricks to keep you on track with your fitness plans.