How to Stay Healthy During Winter Time

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Cecilie Nag

As the weather is getting colder, it might be more tempting to crawl up under a blanket with a cup of tea in front of the television, than to head over to the gym for some exercise. Here are some easy tips on how to keep your motivation for training during winter time.

“Music is my motivation,” said sophomore Nutrition major, Aurora Kronberg. She updates her playlist with new songs at least once a week, so that she always has a variety of good music to motivate herself while training. “Also, I love training in new clothes,” she said. Update your wardrobe with some new running shoes or a pair of running shorts, and you´ll have no excuse to stay lazy. “My sister cuts pictures out of magazines of celebrities with nice bodies, and gets motivated by that,” said Pratt employee, and sophomore business major, Dominic Kulma. Find the little things that make you want to hit the gym, and stay in shape throughout the year.

The Pratt Recreation Center offers fitness classes, an open pool, and racquetball courts. And those are only a couple of your choices. “Everyone can sign up for a free personal trainer at the Pratt Recreation Centre,” says Junior Radiology Technology major, and Personal Trainer at Pratt Recreation Centre, Ryan Tabibi. He encourages everyone to continue with a healthy lifestyle throughout the year. For more information, check out the C.W Post website (http://www.liu.edu/CWPost/About/Resources/PRC/Fitness-Center/Personal-Training.aspx).

Personal training is perfect for an introduction to the gym. But there are other small changes you can make: get off the couch and take your conversation with your friends on Facebook-chat to a walk around campus instead. With some fresh air, and exercise, you will get a real break from your homework, and you will be rewarded with feeling better! “Do a 10-15 minute work-out when you wake up, and before you go to bed, with sit-ups and push-ups, and other easy exercises,” said Kulma. “A little activity during the day will make you feel healthy, and it will give you better confidence.”

Making exercise into a social activity, as well as a daily activity, are some of the best ways to continue with good habits. “I get motivated by watching other people exercise,” said Tabibi, “If you go with friends, you would make appointments to train, you would push each other, and you´ll be social at the same time.” A variety of fitness classes allows you to cool down in the pool with the Aqua boot camp on Thursdays at 6:15 pm, or get your sweat dripping during the total body class on Thursdays and Tuesdays at 12:30 pm, and Thursdays 5:30 pm, or get your abs visible by taking the abs class on Mondays and Fridays at 6.30 pm, and Wednesdays at 7pm.  “I’ll ensure you, there is something for everyone to like,” said Tabibi. A full schedule can be found on posters around campus, or at the desk at the Recreation Centre.

“I´m more focused, I feel better about myself, and I have more energy,” said junior Business major, Kathrine Andersen. She has been taking advantage of the opportunities at Pratt, and she praised the many options: “Pratt is fun, easy and accessible,” she said.  “Use Common Hour for a quick exercise,” Tabibi suggested.

So, who wants to decline a confidence boost, a better-focused head, and a better social life? Don´t let the cold weather scare you away from the gym, and don´t let the fact that summer-season is still months away make you slack off: A healthy lifestyle will get you better focused on your schoolwork, as well as help you fit into those perfect outfits for all the holiday parties coming up. Now you will have no excuses.

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