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Tips for Staying Active as the Seasons Change

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Can you believe it’s December 1st already? Time has certainly flown by! But I guess that happens when you are busy preparing for your wedding, getting married and honeymooning on the beach. We said goodbye to the sunshine, the sand, the water, and paradise and are back to reality today. That reality is cold weather, shorter days and snow. Welcome winter.

When the seasons shift I usually find myself shifting my workouts. Personally, it’s one of my favorite things about the seasons. The shifts can be hard (hello darkness at 4:30pm) but I like that I’m forced to change my routine a bit, try new things, and mix it up. Here’s a few of my tips for staying active with the season change:

Adjust for daylight. I don’t love to run in the cold and the dark. I have asthma so it burns my lungs and I get easily spooked in the dark. Once winter is upon us I try to switch my schedule up so I run during my lunch break 1 or 2 days a week. This way I take advantage of the daylight and warmest temperatures of the day, decrease the number of opportunities to be scared in the dark and I don’t cut back on my running at all. Wins all around.

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Compromise. I’m not really a big fan of running during the workday. I hate messing up my hair, or having to shower in the office showers (just no). I’m also not a fan of packing up my running gear, shower stuff, and makeup and bringing it to the office. High maintenance? Maybe. Luckily I’ve found that a super cute gym bag, nice wipes (LOVE the Yes-To brand) and fun headbands makes this more fun. I usually skip the post run shower, use wipes to clean myself up, touch-up my makeup and throw on a fun headband to spruce up my boring ponytail. It’s a compromise but it gets the job down and helps me stay active all winter.

Hibernate. I LOVE hibernating the yoga or barre studio all winter. The studio is warm and cozy. And the workouts usually do a good job of opening and strengthening your shoulders and chest, which we typically close and weaken over the winter thanks to our efforts to stay warm.

 

Try something new. In addition to hibernating, I love trying new things. I’m much more likely to try the new spin studio or strength class in the winter. It’s fun and can brighten any cold, dark evening!

Embrace the season. It’s easy to want to hole up indoors, skip your workouts and re-emerge in the spring. But if you did that you’d miss out on all that winter has to offer. It’s honestly one of my favorite seasons. I always look forward to downhill skiing and even more so cross-country skiing. It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon and gives you an incredible workout! Snowshoeing and ice skating are also fun winter activities that will give you a great workout too. A few hours in the cold air, sweating and moving will reinvigorate you. When spring rolls around, you’ll be happy you enjoyed the snow and you’ll have some good memories too!

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The overall theme is to be flexible, and have fun! It’s the best way to stay motivated and stay moving! How do you stay active with the season change?

Just in case you need something to warm you up, I’ll be back soon to share scenes from our honeymoon in paradise! I’m also looking forward to giving you a look into our wedding day! Check back soon!

A special thanks to Target® C9 for sponsoring this post through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. I was compensated for my time but all opinions are my own.

This is for you…

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I’ve talked about being busy a lot lately but I haven’t talked about how staying active helps me accomplish all that I need to do. I strongly believe in the idea that a body in motion stays in motion. The days where I am up and at it with a workout or start the day crossing things off my to-do list are the days when I accomplish the most and feel good about myself. Those are the days when I clean the kitchen floor, do 5 loads of laundry, tackle a million things for the wedding, do the grocery shopping and still manage to get to barre or yoga. On those days I lay my head on my pillow feeling satisfied with all that I accomplished. I feel motivated to get up and do it all over again.

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One of my tricks to accomplishing it all is creating a to-do list, and these days that list is more crucial than ever. I’ve recently taken it one step further and started adding deadlines and time limits to the items on my to-do list. Some may think that doing that is a little overkill, but for me it ensures that I accomplish all I need to do without having to make a sacrifice. Just like everyone else, I can get sucked in to Facebook and crappy TV, and before I know it I don’t have enough time to finish cleaning the house, or do my errands and still get my workout in. These time stops help me stay focused and help me work productively. They help me make sure that I accomplish the things I HAVE to do so I can enjoy the things I WANT to do like barre, yoga, running or a date with a friend.

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The other bonus of my to-do list with time limits method is that I can be more present in life. I spend less time worrying about what I didn’t do or need to do and more time on the things that matter. I can enjoy my workout and focus on my own thoughts and feelings. I can spend quality time with Michael and focus on our conversations. I can enjoy the wedding planning process and all the fun stuff that brings like having my mom and maid of honor in town for my pre-wedding hair and make up trial and dress fitting.

And speaking of to-do lists, it should be no surprise that I’m loving lucy activewear even more these days. Their tagline? “This is for you. The ones who have it all… on your to-do list.” Yep…that’s me!

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I’ve worked with lucy before and became a fan. So when POPSUGAR Select teamed up with them and asked me to take part I couldn’t resist. Their new “Do Everything” collection looks amazing. Turns out it is! I’ve been loving clothes that go from one thing to the next…an outfit that works for barre and can look cute at dinner with a friend? Yes, please. Something comfortable I can run errands in and meet with a wedding vendor in? Yes, thank you. Their clothes are versatile and perfect for yoga or any type of workout. I ordered the Hatha Pant, Heart Center Cami, and the Sexy Sweat Half Zip. The pants are a classic black yoga pant that work for just about anything. I love that the bootcut is a bit more narrow so they’ll work for barre too. The cami is so comfortable for a performance top. I wore it under the half zip to run errands one day and was really impressed. Usually performance workout tops aren’t great to wear all day but this one definitely is. The half zip does it all. Perfect to wear to yoga, during savasana and to run errands. I’ve lived in it on the weekends! I’m planning to wear this on our honeymoon flight- it’s perfect for traveling and I’ll love the tank and pants for yoga on the beach!

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The best part of all this? lucy gets it. And they want to make life a little bit easier for those of us who live off a to-do list. Here are the details…

What woman can’t use a little help – each week you can win your choice of a year of housecleaning, babysitting or meal delivery. One grand prize winner will receive all three. More “you time” to do the things you really love (like getting in your favorite workout).

This is for you. The ones who have it all…on their to-do list! Let lucy take away the small stuff that stands between you and a good sweat.

Enter for a chance to win some more “You Time”! Giveaway ends December 16th.

I’m pretty sure we could all use a bit more “me time” so be sure to enter and while you’re at it check out all the new gear offered by lucy that might just make your life a bit easier!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by lucy through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about lucy, all opinions are my own.

Tell me, how does being active help you accomplish all the things you love to do?