During the warm months of Summer, we often see parks filled with people, both young and old, running, jumping and playing various sports. Gyms and dance studios are filled with the smell of sweat and enthusiasm.
It is a totally different story in the cooler months isn’t it? Parks are no longer filled with people. They’re frosty, damp with dew and muddy. Gyms are quiet and dust collects on weights and equipment. People are less active when it is cold. Turning in for a hot meal and an early night’s rest is the easier way to go. And then it happens.
We wake up the next day, while well-rested, stiffer and often feeling greater pain (of regret) for not going for that run, swim or weights session. We feel sluggish and unmotivated to take the day on, weighed-down by the regret of missing an exercise session AND consuming too much ‘comfort’ food (often high in calories).
What to do?
Remain Calm and Keep Active. It’s business as usual. If you’re a runner and the cold does not take your fancy, then go indoors and hit the ground (treadmill) running! Or, why not take this opportunity to try something different? Variety is the spice of life and feeding the body another stimulating challenge will lead to a vastly improved you as you may well indeed engage muscles that you would not ordinarily use. You’ll often surprise yourself! If not, then let it be a lesson – you have work to do! And that’s a GOOD thing!
Be sure to warm up adequately. What’s ‘adequate?’ Do enough star-jumps or push-ups say, to feel the surge in blood flow and heart pumping away with that nice faint ‘burn’ in the muscles.
You are READY to Roll.
At the end of the day, we’re all human. It’s ok to want to take a day or two off the Grind.
Just don’t make it a habit.
Craving that extra piece of warmed up sticky date pudding?
Will Duong, Chiropractic
Dr William H Duong has been practising chiropractic treatments since 2005. After graduating with a Bachelor of Chiropractic Science Degree Dr Duong then went on to do a Masters Degree in Chiropractic treatments at the Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He now helps people from all walks of life and all ages, ranging from children to the elderly.