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Students watching TV inside the Recreation Center while working on their cardio (Photo/Sivan Gavish).
Students watching TV inside the Recreation Center while working on their cardio (Photo/Sivan Gavish).

How the Weather Affects Hitting the Gym

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Does grabbing a cup of hot cocoa or a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks sound better than putting on a jacket to do some cardio? Many students on campus say staying inside is their idea of a good fall or winter day. Going to the gym just doesn’t seem to be as high a priority when the weather turns chilly.

Hot or cold conditions can impact performance at the gym. The heat seems to wear people down and many students said that they felt their bodies already went through a workout before they even hit the gym.

With the cold weather coming in, the problem is motivation. Staying in places that are warmer, such as classrooms, sounds better to students than working out at the gym.

Riza Lopez, building manager at the UNLV gym, says there is a drop in the student population when the sun is not out. “People become cold and stay indoors,” Lopez said.

According to Lili Miller, a UNLV student, keeping up with workouts is important regardless of the weather. She says that she knows it needs to be done, but with the changing seasons it might take some extra effort to get to the gym.

Most people are not aware that the cooler temperatures do increase dryness. The cracking of the skin and excessive amounts of lotion are just some of the ways people deal with the change in weather.

After asking Miller what she does to take care of her skin, on the way to the gym in the wintertime, she said that she does try to dress very warm. However, “It is annoying figuring out what to wear,” she said.

While classes do take up a good majority of the time, thinking about what warm clothes to wear to the gym also takes time. Both Miller and Lopez agree that the change in outfits does affect students since most do not want to worry about changing for the gym.

UNLV student Jacob Parker says he notices the difference in his own workout routine. “It’s mainly because of the mental nature of wanting to stay indoors and not exert myself during the colder temperatures,” Parker says. “I would rather stay inside after going to classes or work rather than work out.”

The fall and winter temperatures take a toll on student’s moods. People are in upbeat moods when it is sunny and warm and not so much when it is cold.

The cooler temperatures may also mean more tests and final projects for students as the semester comes to a close. The great benefits of cardio might help stimulate the brain and prepare the mind for some major studying.

Lopez said people have more motivation for the gym in the beginning of the semester as opposed to the end, but perhaps more students will come to realize that putting on a sweatshirt to make those few extra steps to the Rec Center is not that bad if it means staying in shape.


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