My problem is that I sometimes trick myself into believing that it is harder to stay active during winter.
I live in the Midwest of the United Sates. Sometimes when the grey clouds and cold, wet, weather set in I start to think that it’s harder for me to stay active. However, it’s just a change in my mindset because my preference is to go outside when it’s warm.
If I can manage to get past that initial motivational roadblock I realize that it’s all in my head.
The reality for me is that even though it’s cold outside I can still do many of the same things I like to do when it’s warm out.
Luckily I have access to an indoor pool so I can swim all year round. Swimming is my favorite exercise because it’s easier on my joints. I’m big on fall prevention to avoid injury. So although I don’t recommend jogging or bicycling in snow and ice, I can still walk on some of my favorite trails most of the time or I can go to an indoor track. Other activities I usually do indoors year round are yoga and zumba.
Outdoor activities like golf, tennis, baseball, shooting hoops, or soccer can all be easily taken indoors. I can try an indoor driving range or computer golf, ping-pong, racquetball, batting cage, basketball or even indoor soccer. (I only recommend indoor soccer in an appropriately padded field.)
I realize that some of these indoor ideas may come with a price tag that I wouldn’t have to pay when doing them outside in the summertime. Sometimes it pays to be a little resourceful to find free indoor locations like schools or churches that allow the community to use them for indoor recreation.
Some activities we wait all summer for like ski-ing or ice skating are just right for staying active in winter.
Exercise can be as simple as walking and body weight exercises in your living room everyday.
If you have the same problem I do – don’t let your brain fool you. We can stay active in colder weather the same as we do in summer.
If you don’t have this problem – will you share what you enjoy doing to stay active in colder weather?
Photo by David Creixell Mediante