Well, winter is finally arriving. We’re looking at our first measurable snowfall tonight. Though it is only going to be a half inch or so, it signals the “official” arrival of winter here. The weekend and next week will bring sub-freezing temperatures as well.
Even for those of us who have lived in the northern parts of the country all our lives, the snow and cold still take a bit of time to get used to. Just like how in spring you’ll see us in short sleeves in 45′ weather, you’ll see us shivering now until our bodies adjust a bit.
During these colder months, many of us tend to stick indoors as much as humanly possible. We only venture outside to go to work, school, or shopping. But, while doing this keeps us more comfortable, it also weakens our systems to a degree. As we age, our bodies get less adept at dealing with temperature variations. Just like anything else with our bodies, we need to “exercise” our systems to keep them running at their peak.
This winter, resolve to spend a bit more time outside than you have in the past. I don’t mean going for leisurely strolls in -20′ weather, that just isn’t wise for most folks. But, rather than just bundling up in front of the heat vent every day, go outside and get your blood pumping. Have snowball fights, build snow shelters, help your neighbors shovel their driveways.
In addition to just being good exercise, remember there may well come a time when you’ll need to hoof it someplace and Mother Nature is a cruel mistress. Odds are it won’t be a glorious sunny day in the middle of June. Get your body used to working in wide temperature variations and all sorts of weather. You just never know when you’ll need to do it “for real.”