With the warm summer days behind us, the cool air is starting to sneak in. This weather makes for the perfect running weather, but what about when it starts to get really cold? It’s easy to fall off the running/exercise train when the temperatures drop, but don’t let that stop you! Here are some great tips to help you stay motivated to exercise and keep your body fit and active even in the winter months.
Get some new gear
Although purchasing a new outfit for the colder weather isn’t going to automatically make you want to exercise, it can give you some incentive to get moving. Remember, if you are exercising/running outside dress as if it was 20 degrees warmer and layer!
Exercise with a friend
Having someone to exercise with is great motivation. You can help each other get moving each day even when you have no desire. It’s harder to turn your alarm off and go back to sleep when you know someone else is counting on you.
Set a goal
If you are a runner, sign up for a winter race. Having something to work towards will help you stay on track. If you are wanting to lose weight, write down what you want to do and make small daily goals to achieve your big goal. Have an exercise journal to record what you do each day. Writing down your daily accomplishments will help you stay motivated by seeing what you are and aren’t doing each day.
Focus on the benefits of exercise
Even though the cold weather can cause many of us to want to hunker down and become more sedentary, it doesn’t mean you have to give in. Think about all the positives that come out of daily exercise, and don’t dwell on the cold. Write down the positives and put them on a wall in your bedroom or somewhere you will see them every morning.
Don’t let the cold weather mess with your exercise plan. Staying healthy all year round will take a little more effort for some, but it is possible. Dr. Evan Merrill is no stranger to cold weather exercise. He knows it can be tough at times, but also knows how important it is. At Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, LLC we want to help you achieve your best health, especially when it comes to your feet. If you need to make an appointment don’t hesitate to call us at 541-77-3338 or make an appointment online.