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.
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