We all know that exercise is good for us. But what happens if you abhor the gym, and prefer to exercise outside? By the time the clock strikes 5pm, it’s dark outside, and maybe you’re not even close to being done with work.
Unfortunately, many of us gain weight this time of year, not just because of the holidays, but because it gets dark so dang early and we just want to go home and cuddle in our warm homes and hibernate.
Let's not overlook the fact that it's COLD outside! In many parts of the country, it is fffreezing outside, and many of us wouldn't even think about venturing outdoors to work up a sweat.
Fortunately, we've laid out some ideas on how to motivate, keep weight off, and keep up with your cardio routine throughout the bitter months, while still being able to enjoy the outdoors.
Experts say that anything below 10 degrees Fahrenheit is too cold to be outdoors for an extended period of time. But anything above is fair game! Just remember to wrap up sensibly, and you're out the door, sweating, in no time! Be careful for icy patches, don't get your feet wet, and also wet leaves can be slick as well. Being outdoors, even if it's cold, will do wonders to lift anyone's spirits. And, I promise, if you dress warmly, you'll be anything but cold after a few minutes of exercise.
First you may ask, "What will I be doing outdoors?" Anyone who has done this can attest: raking leaves and/or shoveling snow can be an excellent cardio and strength-training workout. If you're a runner, don't let winter stop you in your tracks. And the same goes for walkers. Crank up the tunes on your I-Pod, and enjoy the winter wonderland. If you have a bit more time, you might try: ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing.
Next, you may ask, "When am I going to have time to do this?" Well, any successful athlete will tell you: you have to make time for exercise. Make it a priority, and it will happen. Wake up 40 minutes earlier in the morning and get it out of the way before the day gets crazy. Or if you're a 9-5er, go for a brisk walk on your lunch break. You will reap the rewards, come bikini season!
Finally, get a friend to commit to exercising outside with you. That way, you feel bad if either of you flakes out on the other person. Having a workout buddy is a great way to not only stay committed to a routine, but it will encourage the friendship and tighten your bond with that person.
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