Brrrrrrr…Exercise in this weather??

Believe it or not the first day of Winter is almost upon us; December 21st will be here before we know it, although for some it already feels like the middle of Winter with blustery winds and low temperatures causing shivers.  People often say that they find this time of year the hardest to get movin’, what with the sun setting so early and the desire to stay under the covers for as long as possible at any given time.  Unfortunately, since colder temperatures mean layers of clothing, it’s easy to pack on some pounds without completely noticing until it’s time to retire those sweatpants for next year. 

Weather can undoubtedly be a hindrance to being able to get outside and work up a sweat, but that’s when we need to get creative.  Look up a local Pilates and/or Zumba class and give it a whirl!  Lace up those sneakers and indulge your senses in some window shopping for things you can only dream about purchasing while power walking the mall.  Borrow your children’s Wii game console and try some of the Wii Fit exercise programs to help get you going.  Finding an activity that you find fun is the key to making exercise a permanent part of your routine.  Think of exercising as “my time” to clear your head and get out any stress/frustration.  Dragging yourself sluggishly to the gym is not going to yield a productive workout if you’re not giving it your all and are just going through the motions. 

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