Winter has finally arrived in Shelbyville, Indiana. Last Thursday, I was out on my bike with a friend, but since then we had rain that went to snow that went to ice that went back to some snow, high winds, and very cold temperatures. It’s resulted in school closures and delays. I was so hoping that winter had decided to skip us this year, but I guess that’s not the case.
That’s okay. Snow, ice, and cold may cancel school, but it doesn’t have to cancel our plans for living a healthy lifestyle. Following are some tips to keep you safe and warm and full of a sunny spirit.
- Attitude – In all things, we need to be grateful. The beauty of the snow. Spending an unexpected day home with the kiddos. An excuse to stay home.
- The right gear – Layers! Yes, there are definitely fabrics that are windproof, waterproof, etc. And some of those come in very handy and can be necessary on extremely cold days. But the bottom line is to layer up. Wear a base layer that will wick away the sweat and then layer over with something that is preferably wind and waterproof.
- Cover all the extremities – Hands, feet, ears, head. You may need 2 pair of gloves and socks if you don’t have any heavy duty wool, especially if you’ll be outside very long. You may need a facemask. There are some special ones that will cover your mouth and nose but still have tiny holes in that area so you can still breathe! (That’s pretty important!)
- Drink hot stuff! I love my coffee every morning, but on cold wintery days it becomes even more of an essential. And what about an evening cup of hot tea? Before you go out, warm up with something hot and have something hot when you come in. This will get right to your core and get you warming up quickly.
- Enjoy a hot shower or bath – This may warm your body, but it can also be relaxing and put your mind at ease if you’ve been tensed up driving on icy roads.
- Moisturize – I don’t know about yours, but my skin gets so dry in the winter. My hands are cracking. I love Bass Farms lotions and especially their Triple B Hydrating Cream for extremely dry skin.
- Be flexible with your exercise plan – There’s a reason the racing season doesn’t ramp up until April or May. January and February can be hard to get those long runs in. There will be time to up your mileage.
- Split up your workouts – If 6 miles was on your schedule, but it’s just way too cold or the snow and ice are making it difficult, maybe do 3 miles inside and 3 outside. Or do a short run in the morning and another at lunch or in the afternoon.
- Workout inside – Maybe hit the weights. Ride your trainer. Surely you can survive a couple miles on the treadmill??? When I’m inside on a bike or treadmill, I use that time to do intervals. It keeps me focused and gives me some variety and makes the time go faster. And we know intervals are great for stoking that metabolism!
- Play – For Heaven’s sake, if you have snow, go play in it!!! Be a kid! I see snow in the forecast, and my reaction is “ugh”. My son sees snow in the forecast, and he’s whooping and hollering! It brings us back to the first tip…..our attitude!
Do you like winter? How are the winters where you live? How do you handle winter weather?
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