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Nice weather makes exercise so much more pleasant :)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I used to loooove winter. I always used to prefer being cold to being hot - I guess because I had so much extra insulation; cold in the winter was more comfortable than sweating in the summertime.

Then I lost my insulation.

Then, right around the time I officially made it to the "normal" BMI range, I gained the lovely Raynaud's phenomenon, where my circulation effs up when my hands or feet get exposed to a little bit of coldness. Spending too long in the produce section, spending too long in grocery stores in general (all the refrigerated areas), washing my hands in cold water, washing produce, walking around barefoot on a cool hardwood floor, spending time outside on a 50 degree breezy day....all these minor exposures to minor coolness now trigger my blood to withdraw from my fingertips, toes, and the bottoms of my feet. They go yellowish-white and numb and it takes FOREVER for them to come back to life if they start to go. Gloves don't usually help for long, and nothing helps if they've already started going numb except for exposing them to a strong heat source - a hot cup of tea, being held right in front of a heat vent, that kind of thing. It's so pathetic. My podiatrist explained that it's a brain wiring malfunction, and my GP said it just develops in some people with age (okay, but I'm not THAT old!! I'm not quiiiite into my thirties yet!).

So it's made this winter pretty miserable, and it's made outdoor exercising (my favorite kind) rather stressful. Last time we had a 50-degree day, I was out in my long running pants, a tank top covered by two long-sleeve shirts (one being a wind-resistant fleece), two pairs of gloves, and my ear-covering fleece headband....and I passed another jogger wearing capris and a short-sleeved shirt. Granted, I did have to shed the gloves by the end of the run, but if I hadn't had them to start out with, my fingers would have gone numb. Yet other people can just go out and maybe be a little chilly but they don't lose circulation in THEIR extremities!

Anyways, this is all a very roundabout way of saying that today's suddenly-warm and sunny weather (I mean, we had snow on the ground yesterday! and today it reached the mid-60s!) was GLORIOUS to me because it was so much less physically stressful to me to go out and get a little exercise. I had a fantastic bike ride in the sunshine, along some lovely ponds and the local river/estuary scene. It smelled like hints of spring coming, even though I know spring is still a ways off. It was wonderful to be able to enjoy the outdoors *without* going numb and freezing my fingers off!

I mean, I do exercise indoors regularly. I have a stationary bike, I do zumba (obviously), I do workout videos like P90X and whatnot. But it's so much more pleasant to me to get outside and get some fresh air and just be in different surroundings, even when it's painfully cold...but especially when it's a beautiful gift of a day like today was! :) Thanks, weather!

I hope everyone else had a nice day too!

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    That's awesome! I have been smelling that spring smell, too! I really like it! Sorry to hear of the Raynaud's. I can kind of relate on that. I just get very cold...especially in my feet and hands and my nose. emoticon It's a "chilled to the bone" feeling but I don't go numb. And then I have to overcompensate to get it to go away...soak in a hot tub...cover up with blankets, etc. I guess we all have our "stuff" to deal with and we just have to be good to ourselves and compensate and take care. Sounds like you are taking precautions and dealing well with it. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1663 days ago
    I hear you. I go back and forth regarding my opinion on weather. LOL. It just kind of depends on my circumstances. I like winter better than summer- no question, but we moved into a new house and boyfriend doesn't make enough money to heat it. Splendid. So I'm looking forward to spring, anyway.

    When it comes to working out I will take 30 degrees over 90 any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Heat just zaps my will to do anything. I always have trouble working out in the summer. The cooler temperatures invigorate me.

    The cold does hurt my ears though, and my feet will go numb. Still better than oppressive heat though.
    1664 days ago
  • SOFT_VAL67
    i never considered the extra insulation as a reason...i began dreading and getting depressed over the impending winter weather, somewhere around november.
    i cant walk right now due to a broken foot, but, i cannot wait til the weather is better
    hopefully this will coincide with my healed foot
    but the wind is what gets me, i hate it
    loathe it!!!
    i can walk in light rain, or even snow, but i cannot tolerate the wind.
    my doc said i have a vitamin d shortage, so im having to take high doses
    he said i also need more sunlight, well aside from the tanning bed, i cant find any....good luck to you. emoticon
    1664 days ago
    Glad you got to enjoy some nicer weather to get out and have fun biking.
    I'm not sure what they're called, but some of the kids at the school that I do yard duty supervision at have these reusable glove warmers. They're acrylic (?) and filled with some weird goo that you pop into a cup of boiling water, or into your microwave, for a bit and when you start to notice you're getting chilled you press the center of it and it releases the heat slowly. I've 'had' to hold on to them for some of the kids (because they say their hands get sweaty) and by the end of an hour they still have good heat in them. Might be worth looking into for some of your less desirable season jogs. =)
    1664 days ago
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