It’s difficult to stay motivated and energetic as the days get shorter, the students get crazier, and expectations for hosting that big family dinner loom in the not-so-distant future. It’s oh-so-tempting to stay wrapped up in those cozy flannel covers and Netflix the day away, but those days will be all the more rewarding if you know that you have taken care of your physical self as well.
Holiday celebrations often mean ingesting an excess of calories, so spending time on the treadmill or stationary bike, suiting up and snowshoeing to the mailbox, or rocking out to exercise DVDs in your livingroom is time well spent. The only thing better than a whole box of Toffifee is a whole box of guilt free Toffifee.
Exercise boosts your feel good endorphins that will carry you through the darkened days and gloomy weather. Create a sunny, summer themed playlist to listen to while you walk your dog(s).
Exercising in the winter also helps you to physically adapt to different situations. Everything from breathing in colder air, to the different muscles required to maintain your balance in slippery situations, will prove beneficial when you transition back to fair weather adventures.
Lastly, it is important to exercise in the winter, so that you don’t get in the habit of making excuses for why you don’t. Taking care of your physical self is important no matter the season. You are worth the time and effort, and the benefits trickle down to your family and work lives!