Back in October, I invited you to set some Spring-training goals. Now that the days are longer, and weather warmer, its time to check in on how it went. Keep in mind, this check-in is not a pass/fail. It’s all about learning, so you know more about how you can Keep Moving and Be Well all year long.
Winters in New England can be some of the most challenging times to exercise consistently. Yet, it keeps coming back every year. Adopting a mindset about your exercise plan in the winter is a key to use exercise as a tool to keep you feeling healthy and well all year long.
Mindset it so powerful. It has been shown to change how medications, foods and treatments work in our body. What was formerly known as the Placebo Effect, is now called the Belief Effect because it has been proven to be real. How you think about something changes how it effects your body. It is shown to hold true for how you feel about exercise too.
This is why each year we address the winter exercise mindset and call it Spring Training here on Keep Moving Weekly. Seeing winter exercise as a form of Spring Training changes the whole outlook and motive for exercising through the winter. With a clear vision in your head about what you want to be ready to do when the weather is better, you are no longer just waiting for spring, you are actively in training for it. When that is connected to the activities that are most important to you in springtime, the whole approach and motive for exercising in winter changes. When you design what you do for exercise in the winter as the way to be ready for all the activities you want to do in spring, your motivation gets a nice little boost of energy.
So, how did your Spring Training go? What did you do this winter that is making your more confident you can get out and enjoy the spring activities?
What do you wish you had done more of so you had more strength, stamina and mobility for those things you want to do now? If you fell short of your goals for your winter exercise plan, it is not failure. Simply learn from it and apply it to next winter.
Take a moment now to write down what you learned about your 2018-2019 Spring Training Season your calendar for October 2019. We will use this valuable info to make your 2019-2020 Spring Training season even more motivating.
Keep Moving, Be Well,