“Any Fool Can Be Miserable”
- says Mr. Rafter, Mary’s Dad
It doesn’t feel like it, but winter WILL get here and one of the things we hear around the office is “I can’t exercise in the winter, it’s too cold.” If you live in a place where it is generally safe to walk outside, cold weather should not be your excuse for keeping it up! Here are some answers to your specific concerns:
1.) “I can’t breathe!!”: Cold air is not dangerous for your lungs!! If you experience shortness of breath or spasms of coughing while exercising, you may have “cold induced bronchospasm”. Come on in, let’s talk about it, but don’t skip your walk on a gloriously cold Maine winter day!
2.) “I might fall!!” : Consider an add on to your shoes – snow shoes when it’s deep or attachments for your boots/shoes that act as ice cleats to grip the ice and snow. Many local retailers carry ways to help you grip, so you don’t slip!
3.) “It’s toooooo cold”: The answer is to layer up! Come on – first of all you’re in Maine, you are already tougher than most people in the country, so your first layer is your thick blood. Then consider a base layer of long underwear when it is really cold or a close fitting t-shirt. You can add a hooded sweatshirt or a long sleeved shirt with something to protect your neck and then a wind blocking, warm outer layer. Don’t forget to cover your ears and fingers! Your legs can be warmed up with leggings or long underwear and then jeans or pants. For heaven’s sake, put on some wool socks – they work and they come in non-itchy versions and you can get them at Reny’s! (or any retail establishment of your choosing).
4.) “It’s dark and lonely!” Find a flashlight and a friend. It won’t be dark for long. Consider the rule of three – skip the exercise if it is cold AND dark AND precipitating. But two out of three? Bundle up, find some company and get out there – don’t be a fool, or miserable.
Enjoy the winter! (When it comes….)