As the holidays approach and the days get shorter it can become harder and harder for us to enjoy the outdoors. By the time you get off work, after the sun goes down, the last thing we want to do is plan a weekend day trip or go out for our normal walks or hikes. The holiday season is a time of celebration, time off with family, and holiday fun, but it can also be a great time to plan some outdoor activities.
Be prepared for the change in weather. We can’t always predict the weather but we can expect it to get cooler this time of year. Which means maybe some activities that have been inaccessible due to the heat like trail running, hiking, cycling may now be much more available. Check out your local area for wilderness hikes, trails, and other activities to keep you going this winter. The cooler months also open up the plans for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. If you are a regular on the slopes this is your time to shine, if you shy away from the cold this year get out and see what all the hype is about.
Finding an outdoor activity that you enjoy is a secret of fitness professionals for staying in shape, if you love what your doing you will work hard and burn a ton of calories doing it. Also, getting outdoors will teach you your limits and provide you with a goal to work towards when you go back to the gym. If you love hiking but your legs are wobbly after a couple miles you will be much more motivated to get in the gym and strengthen those legs for next season!