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Getting Outdoors in the Fall/ Winter

Embracing the changing weather can be a wonderful opportunity to continue enjoying the outdoors. While gardening and water sports are off the table, and your outdoor bike is safely stowed away, it's essential to recognize the value of maintaining an active lifestyle and obtaining vital vitamin D during the coming colder months. To help shift your perspective and motivate you to venture outdoors in the cold, here are four simple strategies:

1. Dress Smart for the Weather:

Make sure you wear the right clothing – warm layers, hats, gloves, good shoes, and warm socks. Having these things can make a big difference in how long you can stay outside. When you're prepared for the weather, it's more enjoyable

2. Engage in Activities You Love:

Find winter activities that genuinely pique your interest. This way, bundling up in the cold isn't just practical but also gives you something to look forward to. You can go for a peaceful winter walk- with extra grips for safety. Another option is to visit the delightful Wonder of Winter - A Festival of Lights in Waterloo Park. If you're up for some excitement, try skiing or snowboarding. For a more relaxed experience, consider cross-country skiing or giving snowshoeing a go. Enjoy the elegance of ice skating, or let your inner child shine by building snowmen, forts, or having a blast sledding down snowy hills.

3. Establish a Routine:

Create a structured schedule to make outdoor activities a consistent part of your life. This might involve committing to skating once a week or taking a daily walk. Tailor your schedule to suit your lifestyle and objectives, ensuring that it remains sustainable and achievable.

4. Involve a Companion or Share Your Plans:

It’s more fun to go outside with a friend, and it helps you stay on track.. This not only makes outdoor activities more social but also helps you stay committed. For instance, you can take ski lessons with a friend or establish a weekly winter walking routine with a buddy. If you prefer being alone in nature, it's still important to tell someone for safety reasons. Additionally, sharing your goal to spend more time outdoors can provide you with valuable support and accountability.

By following these strategies, you can make the most of the changing seasons and continue to enjoy the great outdoors, even in the cold.

- Boxing Coach Melanie Richter

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