This is the most wonderful time of the year to be an exercise physiologist! Everyone I talk to is more motivated to exercise now that the weather is better!
In this lovely time of year, you have two choices with how you think about exercising that can make all the difference in your future springtime enjoyment:
- Enjoy spring and summer and don’t think about winter. Hopefully next winter will be better…
- Enjoy spring and learn from what you are noticing right now to help you become a self-motivated all season exerciser
Option number two may seem like more work, but when you think about, its much less work than option number one. The discomfort of being in a body that is not ready for the spring activities you want and need to do takes a lot of mental and physical work. The guilt of not exercising all winter when you know you should is a big energy drain too!
Let’s make option number two easier. Take a few minutes to go through these three steps. Writing them down increases your chances of success:
- Write down what you notice about what your body lost this winter, based on how you feel now. Do you wish you had more strength? Stamina? Mobility? If you feel great and ready for spring, write down what you did that helped you keep your strength stamina and mobility through the winter.
- Write down what you want to enjoy now that is challenging. If you are able to enjoy what you want, write down what worked to keep you ready for that activity all winter.
- Brainstorm all the things you are thinking you could have/should have done this winter for exercise. If you did exercise all winter, write down what kept you active.
Tuck this away in your September calendar. In the fall you will be so glad you have a personalized guide to get you started with a motivating plan for exercising through the winter. I will remind you to look at this list when the weather starts getting colder and the days get shorter again.
Now, let’s get out there and enjoy this beautiful weather!
Keep Moving be well, and enjoy spring!