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Dealing with winter

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

I've seen many blog entries and team posts from people who are irked with themselves because of the weather over the last few days. They are berating themselves for the impulse to curl up by a warm fire and stay out of the cold.

I lived in Alaska for two decades. So I feel fully qualified to give advice on this subject. And my advice is:


A little hibernation at the worst of the storms is no bad thing. But just like the squirrels and other "semi-hibernate" critters, when it warms up is time to take FULL advantage of outdoor activity! Don't scold at yourself for what you didn't do in the last few days; that's counterproductive! Instead, revel in the coming weekend of warm temps and scurry about doing All The Things until the cold descends upon us again.

Seasonality exists; we just have to recognize and take advantage of it! It's supposed to be in the high 40s and even the 50s for a lot of Northeasterners over this weekend. And you know what? That's a *great* time for "gathering nuts." Go for a run, or a bike ride. Get out in the relative warmth. Rejoice in the sun while it's here.

And then, when we go back into the drecks of JanuFeb, be okay with your hibernation instincts for a couple weeks. Lower the intensity of your workouts if you just aren't feeling it. Sleep in a little. Take advantage of the darkness.

Time after time we all read articles about how lack of sleep is HUGE factor in obesity. This is your time to curl up under the covers, Just don't wreck it all by stressing yourself out over a little extra rest.

If you keep eating right, your body will reward you when the flowers bloom in spring.
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    I watch a TV show called Mountain Men. They are out on their snowmobiles trapping in extreme cold. We are warned on the weather channel that in some situations, the skin can freeze in 10 minutes and cause frostbite.

    I have tried to learn ways to exercise indoors due to the fluctuation in temperatures during the winter months. My doctor said to go "up" the steps from the basement, I think she told me 40 times was 2 miles. Only going up counts.

    You are right about sleep though. If I get in 10 minutes of exercise a day, I am content.
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    Excellent advice MissG!
    1534 days ago
    It's funny, but when my Dad was stationed at Fort Richardson, I don't remember being cold, I mean really cold. But now, in Cleveland Ohio the temperature drops and I am grabbing every blanket, pair of socks and gloves I can find. I think being in Alaska made me used to it where in Cleveland the weather changes every 5 minutes (or less).

    Thank you for your words of wisdom!

    1534 days ago
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