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Staying Active with the Change in Season

Yellow Autumn Leaves On TreesEverything about the late fall and winter season is a cry for comfort – comfort food, comfortable socks, warm and cozy evenings spent near the fire… So it sure can be difficult to make exercise a priority when you’re vigorously counting the minutes until you can get back home for a nice cup of soup. And it’s not only the low temperatures that dampen our motivation to get out the door and to the gym, but the shorter days can make our opportunity gap for exercise feel smaller and smaller.

Despite these detrimental factors, it’s actually very important to maintain a level of physical exercise in the colder seasons. According to a study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, American adults gain an average of one pound from September to late March. It is true that fat keeps us warmer and therefore can serve as necessary insulation for the cold season. However, the study also found that this one pound, small though it may be, was weight that never came off – in other words, every year Americans are gaining an average of one pound that never goes away, as a result of winter hibernation.

Weight is not necessarily the only concern. When we establish an exercise routine we are committed to maintaining our overall health. Physical activity can help combat health conditions such as stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, and even your mental health like depression. All in all, exercise is a great way to feel great and stay healthy, longer.

The good news is you can resist the urge to stay inside, eat, and lounge simply by adjusting your workout routine to accommodate this change in season.It’s possible that you may even find some new, creative activities that add variety to your routine and strengthen your body in different ways! Check out some tips below for staying motivated this season.

 

Strech1. For those who are committed to outdoor activity, prepare by getting specific cold weather exercise clothing that will help keep you warm and cool

2. Find a workout partner that loves to do what you do – that way you will be held accountable and be able to motivate one another on the harder days

3. If the cold and darkness is too much for you, consider moving your workouts indoors. This may require you to research more about indoor exercise that can be done at home. Alternatively, this may mean joining your local gym. Either way, it may push you to start cross training, giving your fitness routine a more well rounded approach.

4. If heading out for a run or to the gym after dark is not an option, consider trying to move your workout to the morning or to your lunch hour. If you have a gym located near your work, this could serve as an efficient and easy way to fit it into your schedule.

 

In the end, it is true that your activity level will look different as the colder season approaches. However, this can be a great opportunity for you to try new things and challenge yourself, physically and mentally. So get off your computer, and start planning your workout schedule for this season!

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