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:
IT'S OKAY TO STAY OUT OF THE COLD!!!!
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.