I can’t really say that exercising outside in the cold has always been my thing, but I’ve decided that this year I’m going to stick to outdoor exercise even in the coldest of winter months. Here’s what I’m doing to exercise in the fresh air this winter and feel good about myself while doing good for my body.
The first thing I’ve committed to is to continue to lace up my athletic shoes and go for hikes and walks – even in the cold. Walking outside is a great way to clear my mind of all the clutter that creeps in and tries to take it over. When I walk outside instead of on a treadmill, I get the benefit of the warm sun in on my face. It’s a proven fact that having the sunlight on your face for 30 minutes can change your mental well being as well as your outlook on life.
Once in a while, I’m going to pick up the pace and go for a little run. I may not complete a marathon this winter, but my post-holiday party body will appreciate a steady jog that gets my heart rate up and burns those cookie calories. The nice thing about running in the cold weather is that I don’t break out in a sweat five minutes after I start, and it gives me a chance to really get into a nice pace.
I’m going to include my boys in my outdoor exercise routine, too, or maybe I should say they’re going to include me in theirs. My two sons love to snow board. I tried it out last year and no one was more surprised than I was to find out I had a blast while flying down the mountain. I have to admit I fell down a lot and got very wet. It was worth it because I had so much fun with my boys, and I know I burned a ton of calories in my three hours of trying to go down the mountain. I also think my boys looked at me a little differently than usual, maybe the experience even upped my cool factor in their eyes. I was doing something they loved and it created some fun memories us all.
What is your New Year’s Resolution going to be for 2013 to stay in shape? You’re welcome to steal one of mine if you don’t have any, but if you do have one or two I’d love to hear about them…