What Winter Can Teach You About Achieving Your Health and Fitness Goals
I think it’s safe to say that winter has officially arrived – at least for those of us in Saratoga Springs, NY… I think the lowest I saw in the car last week was 15!
Having just moved from sunny Santa Monica (where the temperature today is a warm 70 degrees), naturally I’ve been getting a lot of “Welcome back to winter!” comments and people wondering how I’m handling the cold weather.
Most are expecting me to respond with an, “OMG THIS IS BRUTAL” or, “UGH I CAN’T TAKE IT!”
But the truth is… I actually don’t mind it at all… in fact I’m liking it!
Now don’t get me wrong, I’ll take sunny and 70 all day, but thus far (ask me again in February/March) it’s not that bad and here’s why.
If you live in Saratoga Springs – or anywhere that gets an actual winter for that matter – then every year around this time you know what’s coming…
It sounds like maybe this year we were playing with house money having the warm weather as long as we did, but inevitably you knew you’d have to break out the winter gear at some point.
- Unpack the snow pants.
- Bring down the winter coats.
- Get the thicker blankets out for the beds.
Some of you might even be lucky enough to have a fireplace. In which case you’re probably stacking wood and you likely prepared well in advanced by splitting the wood or ordering a cord or two earlier this fall.
To everyone that’s lived here much longer than my wife and I have (all of you!) this comes as second nature.
You don’t have to think about doing these sorts of things you just know you have to do them in order to make winter a little easier on yourself.
We don’t have a fireplace so there’s no wood to stack, but we did bring out our winter gear earlier last week, reorganize the sheets and blankets a bit, and ordered a few new winter weather accessories to help make the impending weather a little more tolerable.
So what does any of this have to do with your health and fitness?
We all have events like winter that we experience from a health and fitness standpoint everyday, every week.
- We skip workouts because we “don’t have enough time”
- We don’t go to the grocery store because we “don’t have enough time”
- We all feel frustrated by not having ready-to-eat food during the week because we “don’t have enough time”
Are you seeing a theme here…
If someone saw you walking around outside in a t-shirt when its 15 degrees out and asked you “where’s your jacket” and you responded with, “Oh I didn’t have enough time to grab it” I bet they’d probably look at you like you had 3 heads.
I’ve talked about “Finding Time” in the past, but when you boil it down, “Finding Time” really means being proactive about your life and the tasks you want to accomplish throughout the day.
So what would you do differently this week if you knew that “winter” was coming next week?
In other words, what would you do differently about your health this week if you knew ahead of time that you had a crazy busy schedule?
Or if you knew you were going out of town?
Or if you knew there was a fun event you wanted to enjoy over the weekend?
We ALL have an event coming up that’ll challenge us in more ways than one in Thanksgiving.
We’re about two weeks out today, so what’s ONE thing you can do to be proactive about your health so that you’re not only ready for Thanksgiving, but you wind up with more time to enjoy the holiday with your family and close friends?
Waking up 30 minutes earlier to squeeze in a quick workout might be the equivalent of putting your jacket on before you go outside.
Going to the grocery store on Sunday might be like bringing firewood inside to keep your house warm throughout the week.
You get the idea…
So today when you leave the house with your winter jacket on, think about how second nature it is for you to do that, THEN think about ONE thing you can do today to apply that same proactive attitude towards your health.
Remember, “Proactive thinking is an investment, not a cost.”
Also don’t forget to get those leaves out of your yard before they freeze to the ground!
– Coach Chris
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