There’s a reason why our activity levels go down in the winter months — we’re too busy basking in the comforts of our warm and cozy homes! It’s true that braving the cold takes some effort, but the rewards far out-weigh the frost-bite!
A car left sitting in the driveway… rusts
Your body is the same way, it craves movement. If you remain inactive for long periods of time, your joints will begin to stiffen — not to mention, hurt like the dickens. If you don’t maintain your fitness, it will be that much harder to start up again when warmer weather returns.
Make sure to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, even if you break it into 10 minute chunks!
More efficient than blankets
When you exercise, your blood starts to circulate at a rapid rate throughout your whole body, elevating your core temperature a few degrees. The best part is that it’s long lasting, so once you get warm you stay warm for much longer than hiding under any warm, fuzzy blanket.
Be ready for the warm months ahead of time
Cardigans, turtle necks, and over-sized sweat suits may be perfectly suitable for the time being, but what happens when it’s time to retrieve that bathing suit from your closet? Will you be ready to hit the beach with the utmost confidence? Or will you be playing “catch-up” on getting your body back in shape?
You won’t be so SAD
As much as 10% of certain parts of the population suffer from “Seasonal Affective Disorder.” The cold, gray, dreary months can invoke symptoms of depression like lethargy, overeating, pessimistic thought processes, decreased sex drive, heightened state of anxiety, and more.
The good part is that when you stay active and maintain exercise, your body is able to fight this imbalance in chemicals. This seasonal influence on the psyche for some doesn’t just happen in the winter time either… Summer, spring, and fall also can have the same affect. The answer here is clear… Keep active to fight SAD year round!
There will always be a more comfortable reason to stay home
Excuses stop now. Simple as that. If you’re willing to blame not taking care of yourself on the fact that it’s too cold, well then I’m willing to bet I can pinpoint all the other reasons you stay home too.
It’s tax season. Work is too slow. Work is too busy. Remodeling the bathroom. Have to make dinner. Worked all day.
There will always be something. This means not waiting for the convenient time to workout but rather working around life’s imperfections and still finding time for yourself and your health.
You always have a choice. You also know which one is the right one and which one is the one you’re just talking yourself into.