Change of shoes for the gym – check. Extra layer of gym clothes – check. Ice scraper for car – check. Extra driving time to account for slippery road conditions – check. Motivation to actually go to the gym – check (sort of). Who knew working out in the winter could be so much…well, work? Here in Wisconsin, winter can seem to drag on forever. Finding motivation to get or stay active is difficult enough without adding another barrier like lousy weather. That’s why the one thing that I try to keep in mind this time of year is to always be looking for ways to move.
This can mean marching in place during commercials, trying to beat yesterday’s step count, challenging a friend or coworker to see who can get more steps, and so on. This may also mean you have to deviate from your normal exercise routine, and that’s okay, as long as you always have a back-up plan. For example, I’ve been struggling to make it to my workout class three times a week lately. But, rather than throw my hands up and do nothing (which is what I’ve done in the past), I’ve made it a goal to get a minimum of 10,000 steps every single day. If this means marching in place in my living room at 9:30 at night to get those last few steps, then that’s what I have to do.
When you’re working toward your healthy goals, keep in mind that barriers like bad weather or a busy schedule are only barriers if you allow them to be. No matter what time of year it is, aim to look at each day as an opportunity to be a little bit better than you were yesterday.