Random Fitness Tips

Happy Friday! Today I just wanted to share 2 fitness tips that have popped into my head in the past few days. Perhaps it will help you out as well.

Tip Number 1:

running in the winter
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know I ran 10 miles on Wednesday and already read this tip. Well, my mom and I needed to run 10 miles, but knew it would be dark out by the time we even started. So we headed to a local college campus (Rutgers) and ran around there. Luckily, Rutgers is big enough that we could run through all the campuses and complete 10 miles. But if you live near a college campus, utilize it! We had no issues with lighting and didn’t have to use our headlamps at all. There should be plenty of well-lit paths, and with students all around you will feel safer than running through unlit streets. Rutgers is about a 30 minute drive for me, but worth it, in my opinion, to be able to run comfortably at night.

Tip Number 2:

Snapchat. (Add me on Snapchat! I’m under pattyrivas13) Now that winter is coming, your motivation may be lacking. Even though my mom and I run together most days, there are some days where we don’t. It’s harder for me to WANT to go run when I’m alone, but in order to check in with each other and motivate the other we send each other “snaps.” Yesterday, she told me she really didn’t want to run our recovery run. So I made sure to snap her while I was running with a funny video, and then she snapped me back later on when she was done running at the gym. Make a deal with a friend to snap each other when you do workout, and that way it will motivate the other. Plus, who doesn’t like getting funny snapchat videos/pictures from friends? :)

How do you stay motivated to continue to run or workout in the winter? Because last winter I did not run at all, and I don’t want to lose fitness this winter!


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  1. Last year I signed up for a winter half marathon to motivate me and it worked, I ran the whole winter. The snap chat motivation sounds fun!
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  2. I am signing up for a Jingle Bell Run this year and I am going to continue running with a friend to keep me motivated. My first race of next year is in December so technically I’ll be training during the holidays.
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    • that’s great! Definitely good motivation. I think I’m going to do a 5K on Dec. 20 – one of those Santa runs haha so I have to try to stay in shape at least until then!

  3. I love cold weather running, so I actually work out more in the winter than I do in the summer LOL.
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    • lol really? I’m total opposite. I don’t mind summer running at all but really hate winter running. It’s just too cold for me! My toes go numb lol any good sock recommendations?

  4. I find that finding ways to get outside and enjoy nature even in winter is what motivates me. Do you do any other workouts in the winter in addition to running?

    • I mainly end up lifting in the gym bc I don’t like exercising outdoors in the cold haha but this winter I will try to continue to run.

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