Staying active when it’s colder and darker outside
As the days grow colder and nights draw in earlier, it’s oh so easy for our usual activity to take a back seat. I know I’ve experienced this since daylight saving time ended and temperatures dropped—goodbye 7 p.m. yoga class, hello warm blanket and sofa!
The thing is, cold weather and darker evenings come every year—so how do we prepare ourselves? Tricky times like these are perfect to talk through in weekly Slimming Group meetings, and you’re guaranteed to get inspired ideas from fellow members.
As a starting point for now (as I write this in 4:30 p.m. with sunset fast approaching…), here are some handy tips for keeping our get-up-and-go spirit fired up through cold, dark days:
- Think beyond traditional exercise. With Slimming World, our approach to activity is called Body Magic, and anything that gets your heart beating faster counts. This means power walking through the mall for holiday shopping, leaf-raking, or even a brisk house cleaning is all Body Magic—no need to set foot in a gym, unless you want to!
- Have a fallback plan—while I love brisk cold-weather walks, if it’s one of those days when it’s just too cold or raining, what next? To YouTube I go for videos to stay active and toasty indoors.
- Buddy up—peer support is the cornerstone of Slimming World support, and while our weekly meetings are online, it’s motivating to have a friend at your side for activity—whether that’s in person or when trading activity ideas and plans in our member Community.
If you’re planning to start a new exercise program, it’s always a good idea to check with your health care provider first—especially if you have an existing health condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.