I caaannnn’t go out and walk, it’s too coooolllld (you whine)!! I’ll start up again in the spring – it’s freeeeeezing out there! The holidays threw me off – I’ll start up again when it gets warm and nice out. No excuses, folks! IT may be cold but YOU don’t need to be.
My college was in New Hampshire and during my freshman winter there was a month where it never went above freezing once. The point is, while the outside temperature may be ridiculously low, you do not ever need to have a single chill in one bone. The key is to dress warmly so you start warm and stay warm. Layers: scarves, sweaters, hats, gloves, whatever it takes. I am the coldest person ever and right now, in my office, I am wearing insulated under gear, a light sweater, and a heavy sweater. When I came to work I also added a hi-tech vest, heavy fleece, and an outer coat, scarf and gloves. Plus, once you get moving, you will be shedding those layers and find yourself roasting!
I could mention my winter Outward Bound three-month program where we trekked and hiked and camped outside, including up Mt. Washington and had to build ourselves igloos to sleep in on our three-day solos, but that is another story, yet it again emphasizes my point. Start warm, dress warmly, stay warm.
Too dark too early? Think again! There is something magical, unique and special about a winter night’s walk/run that is different than any other season. Case in point: I did my 5k walk/run/hobble the other night and as I returned to my house, I stopped across the street and looked at my house with all the holiday lights on, candles in the windows, and looked up. The sky was clear and the sight of the scene with the stars in the universe stirred me and I began to sing. Softly at first, then more boldly. A special song, dear to my heart, loud and alone into the night. Pure peace and joy, just for me.
So, find a way to make winter a special season to find the magic of this precious time of year to be outside, and I particularly recommend after dark. You’ll be surprised at what you find and learn – and dress warmly – you will never regret it!