A Change in Temps Should Not Dampen Exercise Plans
By Tom Herrin
For the most part, people tend to let a lot of things get in the way of what they plan to do. Sometimes it is for pretty good reason, sometimes it is because it provides them with a good excuse for a change or delay of plans. Those who are really committed will stay the course, but those who are a little tentative may give in to pressure. For those who would like to continue moving forward, a little better planning can make a huge difference. The cold does not have to get in the way of making real progress. It may simply require a little thinking outside the box.
Even though most people try to stretch before a workout, they likely fall short of how much they really should for colder temperatures. When people stretch, they are able to bring more blood to the tissues. This not only means better circulation which can protect muscles, but it also means that those tissues will be warmer. That means people will feel warmer. It is a great way to counter the cold.
Fix a Mindset
The initial impulse, once people go outside in the cold, is to go back inside or seek someplace warm. Setting a simple goal, such as doing something for a number of minutes or reaching a given point in a run or bike ride, can provide something attainable. It can help to produce a sense of accomplishment. This leaves a person feeling they have reached a goal and can seek a warm place. It doesn't take long for these goals to be increased. Mind over matter can take place. Before long, the task no longer seems quite so insurmountable.
Get a Partner
Working out with another person can help us to feel some responsibility to that person. We can encourage each other, helping to get over some rough spots. It is surprising just how much more motivation we can have when we are trying to live up to someone else's expectations. While I tend to be pretty much a loner when I work out, I have found that I will push myself harder when I have someone else who expects me to be there for them. Try it for yourself. If you have kids, try working out with one of them. No one likes to look bad in front of their children.
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