Wintertime Movement

I will never forget when I first moved to Vermont my good friend Will Russell told me that I needed to get outside in the winter time.  He said that if I didn’t find fun and exciting things to do in the snow, winter would be long and dark and might be depressing.  I took that to heart and my first winter, I bought a snowboard.  I made it a point to get out at least a couple of times a week to let the sun shine down on my body and cold air fill my lungs.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the winter time cozies.  It’s super comfortable to cuddle up next to a fire with a good book after work, I get it.  I do the same.  Winter can definitely be a disrupter for physical activity.  Here’s my recommendation though - just get outside.  Drag yourself off of the couch, throw on warm clothes, and do it.  Pick something that you think you might enjoy, try it out, and then most likely you’ll find yourself with a big, fat smile on your face at the end.  Remember the hardest thing to do is to begin.  Just begin and then the next time, I promise it will be easier to throw on that hat and step outside.  Plus, your cozy time will feel even more rewarding after a little outdoor sweat session.

There are many benefits to exercising outdoors - exposure to sunlight enhances vitamin D production, it provides a mental health boost improving your mood, improves self esteem, there is little cost or no cost, and its a lovely way to connect with Mother Nature and your community - enhancing your appreciation for the beauty around you.  Your body burns more calories when exercising outdoors in the cold temps because it has to utilize more energy to keep the body warm.  You can beat those winter blues away by staying act