After the weather we have had this past week, it is safe to say the long rainy season is officially upon us. I have noticed, in the short time I have been here, this weather does not deter most Washingtonians from getting out. Which I love, because of those who forge on, helps motivate me to do the same as well. For others, this has become an excuse to hibernate in their home. Don’t do it! Fight it! Adjust to the weather otherwise, it will be counterproductive to your goals and it will get the best of you. If you need, make adjustments to your physical activities to accommodate the weather and look for motivation where ever you can get it. In addition, rally your support system to help keep you motivated. Yes, I do practice what I preach. This Arizonian had to buy wet weather gear to accommodate the rain and my motivation? A black lab who drags me out for a walk every day, rain or shine! And of course, I am still addicted to being around green trees and have no patience to wait 8 months to hike through them again!
Come spring time, articles and commercials start popping up about how summer time is coming, so it's time to get outside for some adventure. Well, here in Phoenix, it's backwards. Fall, winter, and spring are the best times to go running outdoors, hiking, rock climbing and most other physical activities. However when the temperatures rise steadily above 100 degrees, the question becomes how can we continue with fun physical activities while beating the heat but avoid the boring gym. One big answer is the swimming pool. (There is a reason every third house here has a pool.) In an article on Fitbie.com (http://fitbie.msn.com/get-fit/tips/splash-your-way-slim?gt1=50002), it discusses how easy it is to cool off in the heat and still be able to exercise by bringing dry land exercises to the pool. They discuss walking, swimming laps, yoga, Pilates, cardio combos, and total-body toning. Now if that is too boring for you, you can always take a kid in with you and play water games, they will keep you moving till you drop.
In the end, the heat is no excuse to stop exercising for your health. Think outside the box if you do not like going to the gym, get creative and jump in a pool!
Above, is enjoying a beautiful hike on the West Fork Trail in Sedona, AZ.