Some people feel a surge of energy with the cooler weather. While others, like plants are beginning to go dormant. Before you succumb to a state of no-to-low physical activity for the winter, remember how good it feels to move. The motivation to be active in the winter is the hardest part, physically and mentally. Think about how GREAT it feels when you’re finished. Once you get started the easier it is to keep moving.
Outdoor play is a blessing for physical and mental well-being. Near perfect weather and long days during spring, summer and fall beg us to enjoy evening walks, weekend hikes, water sports, and bike rides. A quick glance outside, and the vibrant colors, long shadows, orange and purple hued light remind us that we will soon be spending more time inside.
Make a Plan
Knowing it will become harder to stay active during the cold, dark days of winter, you need a plan of action, literally. And, you need to make a plan while you have that last burst of summer energy. Include activities that are fun. Include a variety of activities you can do both by yourself as well as with others. Telling others about your plans helps you stay accountable.
- WHAT will you do to stay active?
- WHERE will you do this activity?
- WHEN will you do it? Include the day of the week and time of the day.
- WHY is it important for you to stay (start being) active? Make this a good one, because snuggling up on the couch with a blanket and good book/T.V. show is so much easier.
Expect your “WHY” to be challenged, over and over.
The urge to go dormant during the winter will be strong!