How-to: Stay Motivated This Winter

Once the sun starts setting early and the days get short, our circadian rhythm is naturally shortened and some people can feel lazier. We’ve discussed the importance of good diet and exercise especially during the snowy winter months, but here I’d like to remind every one of two important ways to keep exercising until spring 2015.

Brisk runs in the winter are refreshing, but to make them easier I recommend warming up vigorously indoors first for five minutes so that the remainder of your outdoor exercise is easier to get acquainted to. The increased blood flow from the warm-up helps to warm and humidify the cold winter air you are about to breathe in which makes it easier to step out into the cold. A second principle worth mentioning is that decreasing the number of exercise days isn’t the worst thing if you can maintain a high intensity and length for each workout you actually are able to do. This can even help you fit your exercise schedule around weather issues. It’s always quality, not quantity.

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dr. uruj kamal

dr. uruj kamal

Dr. Uruj Kamal is Chief Resident of Adult Outpatient Psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center-University of Massachusetts Medical School. A Stony Brook native, she enjoys combining her knowledge of mental health with healthy living. Dr. Kamal has a special interest in outpatient adult psychiatry.