Summer 2014 is all but a memory now and Autumn is upon us. As Autumn falls into winter, the desire and convenience of exercising often falls to the bottom of our priority lists. (Pun intended with the ‘fall’ references!) It isn’t that we want it to happen this way, but the weather has a unique way of changing our habits. For some of us the weather also changes our moods. When the weather turns cold and rainy we tend to stay indoors more. We often chose to curl up under a warm blanket and read a book or watch a movie. The dreary weather sometimes makes us lethargic or depresses us. Exercise is the last thing we want to do and the thought of being active just makes us want to put our heads under that blanket.
So the question that begs asking is, how do we stay active through the chilly season?
Living Active’s Advice:
As the seasons change, change your routine. Consistency is a great way to create positive exercise habits but sometimes a routine can be accompanied by complacency. We are not talking about reinventing the wheel here, we are talking about making your workout relevant and doable.
For example: If you live in Wisconsin and your summer routine is a 5 am morning jog…great. But as the temperatures drop into the teens and negative numbers, maybe that run isn’t as appealing in December or January as it was in July. So change it up! Turn your morning jog into a morning Yoga session. There are lots of workouts to choose from, and a new workout is not only good for the muscles, but it is a great motivator.
Our bodies can get used to a workout the same way we get used to the same old work schedule. Keep your body guessing as the seasons begin to change, and don’t hesitate to talk about it with your family and friends. Put some time and thought into your autumn and winter workout routines. Start thinking about exercising now so that when the next summer season comes along, you are already in swimsuit shape!