As many of us renew our New Years’ Resolutions to keep up our fitness levels, we’re confronted with the challenge of getting a good exercise routine in the face of cold winter weather. When the cold weather comes, it’s hard to stay motivated to keep exercising. You can make it fun, even though it’s cold, with some reasonable adjustments. This month, we’ll go over some helpful tips. Let’s keep moving!
Winter brings with it a few changes that will affect your mind and body, and importantly, your capacity to exercise.
Exercising in the Winter – Shorter days:
this means less sunlight in the early mornings and late afternoons when many people like to be outside getting exercise. This one is a double whammy, as the extra hours of darkness will reduce serotonin levels in the brain and prompt the desire for sweets and comfort foods. This will be one of the biggest challenges to overcome.
Overcoming shorter days: Getting to bed earlier will make it much easier to wake up before the sun is out to get in your a.m. workout. Consider pushing your bedtime up an hour or so, and the added sleep time will make you feel refreshed and ready to take on the challenge of the day even if you’re waking up to work out in the dark. Eating healthy carbs throughout the day like whole wheats, sweet potatoes, oats and grains will help you curb those cravings.