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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.

Love the Run

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This morning my alarm went off at 5:15am.  I woke up and headed out for my run. As I stood on my front steps I debated…start uphill or downhill?   I had a work event until late last night so I was a bit tired and decided that I’d start downhill.

As I was gliding down the hill, enjoying the quiet of the morning and the warm weather I couldn’t help but think about how life is like the hills of running.  Sometimes its uphill, sometimes it’s downhill.  Michael and I are rather lucky these days in that life seems like a downhill- things are falling in to place, we have a lot to celebrate, we’re gliding if you will.

I think one of the reasons I love running so much is that no matter what life throws at me, running always relates.  Running is always there.  Sometimes it’s the slow and steady long distance runs that remind me I have the stamina and strength to take on the marathons of life-like long projects, and extremely busy stretches.  Other times it’s the uphills that represent the challenges in life and remind me that I can overcome anything.  The downhills remind me of the easy stretches where you can coast through.  Speed work reminds me that with hard work and dedication we really do get better.  Those amazing runs where you feel like you can run forever and feel amazing are like those special moments in life where everything seems absolutely perfect.  And those tough runs where you want to quit and wonder why you do it represent those bad days we all have from time to time.

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There are times in life when I feel less connected to running.  I get out less often-maybe once a week- and when I do I don’t feel inspired to run more.  Today was not one of those days.  I felt so happy to be out running and lately that has been the trend- I’ve been increasing my number of runs per week and looking forward to each of them.  I love that I’m reconnecting to running and finding the joy in the good runs and bad runs.  I love that wherever life leads me, running will always be there.

How does running remind you of life?