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Motivational Monday – It’s Never Too Cold to Exercise Outside

Ni-cole Winter Walk

Ni-cole on a Winter Walk

It’s never too cold to workout outside, right?? Well, okay maybe. Sometimes.

I will be the first person to admit that I hate… no, LOATHE cold weather. Like many of you, I have a hard time adjusting to the low temperature and I usually end up with a headache because of clenching my teeth.

However, getting in a really good walk or workout outside, even in cold weather, definitely does the body good. And don’t allow the misconception that exercising in cold weather will cause you to develop a cold or flu. It’s non-sense.  (Check out more information from NIH or other health organizations.)

Here are 5 tips to help you get motivated to hit the outdoors.

  1. Dress in layers (it’s easier to take off when you get warm than to begin your workout already very cold).
  2. Wear a hat or headband to protect your head and ears.
  3. Cover those lovely hands with mittens or gloves. Personally I like bright, colorful ones because they make me happy.
  4. Protect that pretty pout with some lip ointment or balm.
  5. If you exercise in the daytime, remember your sunglasses and even the sunscreen. Yes, even in the winter you still need to protect your beautiful skin from UV rays.

Luckily, the temperature doesn’t get extremely cold in the Lowcountry, so the steps above should be enough to keep you warm during that walk, run, bike ride or family play. However, for those of you in other parts of the country where the temperatures really like to drop, be mindful of the signs of hypothermia and protect yourself.

Winter Quote

Now, bundle up and go enjoy yourself.

No excuses.  No procrastinating.

In fact, I bet your dog and kids will love you for it!

Would love to hear your thoughts & exchange ideas.

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