True confessions time. At one time, in another place, I wrote that as long as one dressed appropriately, the weather shouldn’t stop us from exercising. Not even when it’s below freezing (and this from someone with asthma!)
Those words came back to haunt me this morning, as I looked at the nor’easter that’s lashing the east coast. Lots of rain, starting last night, and blustery winds. Certainly not hurricane force, but dark, wet, dreary, and cold nonetheless.
The past few days haven’t been exercise heaven, despite inspiration from Jonathan’s 9 mile run! The dog has been doing more running around than I have, and yesterday afternoon I vowed that TODAY [this morning] would be my day – my day for a long walk.
And it was raining heavily.
So, should I keep my vow or not? Excuses were easy to come by. Should I go to the gym and do the morning cardio? But the dog wouldn’t get her walk, and I’d have to battle people to get onto the equipment at that hour. Besides, cardio in the gym is boring!
Instead, I put on my flashy hot pink plastic boots [waterproof, you know!], the world’s ugliest protective hot pink hat, lightweight bright yellow gloves, and a lavendar waterproof jacket. What a sight!
The dog and I walked for 40 minutes, making a point to splash in all the puddles. It was fun! And my head was clearer afterwards.
Trust me, I’m not really looking forward to the winter. But, I do have a warm coat, warm hiking boots, warm hats and face coverings, mittens and gloves to layer, and snowshoes. The sweater I’ve been working on for the dog isn’t nearly finished, however. Poor dear.
It IS indeed possible to exercise outdoors, no matter what the weather. A little preparation and planning. But most of all, you need determination and commitment. I think I’ll give myself a gold star for today. Did you get one, too?