So many of us embraced walking this year as a way to cope with the stress of Covid restrictions, working from home and less social interaction. Walking became the “it” activity of 2020 as evidenced by all memes on Tik Tok mocking moms and their walking habits. Has walking become an integral part of your daily routine? Are you wondering how you might continue your efforts as the winter arrives? Here are my top 10 tips on how to maintain your successful walking habit through the winter.
How to maintain your successful walking habit through the winter
Whether you began walking for physical fitness or mental health, you undoubtedly are doing your body good. Figuring out how to keep up outdoor activities as the weather changes takes some planning. Here are my top 10 tips on how to prepare for winter walking and how to motivate yourself to get out there when it’s cold.
Make walking a reward
Schedule your walk as a break in your day. Your “me time” to destress first thing in the morning, at lunch or as a mid afternoon break from your routine.
Phone a friend
While socializing is complicated these days, setting up a phone date is something to look forward to. Having someone to chat with while walking helps the miles fly by.
Download a book from Audible or an episode of your favorite podcast to listen to while you stride happily down the street.
Need a challenge? Sign up for a RunBet game or set a step challenge for the day or the week. Revel in your accomplishments.
Cut yourself some slack
Short walk or long walk. It doesn’t matter just get out there and the rest will fall into place.
Snap some pics
Bring along your phone or camera to capture some of the beauty of winter. Whether you see holiday lights, fresh snow, animal tracks or icicles, winter can be beautiful to photograph.
Bring along a warm cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Currently loving this hot cinnamon tea.
Protect your skin
Sunscreen and lip protection with SPF are a must for winter.
Depending on the weather by you, a good pair of trail shoes with more traction may be in order. Yaktrax are always great to have for walking and running through winter.
[You may also like winter hats and headbands guaranteed to keep you warm]
Don’t let winter weather throw you off of your game. Keep up your successful walking habits all year round. Tell me, did you start walking more this year? Will you keep it up through the winter?
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