Hey Athletawell family!
Not sure where you're all at, but where I am it's getting a bit chillier! I know when fall/winter creep in, people change up exercise routines. Arthritis has an interesting way of feeling worse sometimes with colder weather. I'm finding less motivation to walk to gym and more to RUN or skip it because it's cold outside and I usually walk there! BUT it's still important to stay moving.
What are your biggest challenges when it comes to exercise in the fall/winter months? Is your routine shaken up? Do you struggle with consistency? Does pain hold you back? Curious to hear your thoughts!
There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. Layers of wicking stuff and don't forget that there's clothing/shoes designed for winter sports to make you comfortable. And may I dare say, some of this is not Athleta clothing. I do most of my exercise outdoors, all year round, in the Northeast, and what I like is that the change of seasons means changing up your routine. There have been many years I've cycled through the winter, but the past 2 years I didn't ride outdoors in January and February. I do more hiking (in snow sometimes) and wait anxiously for the cross country ski season to arrive. I used to go to spin class, but that was often annoying to me, and the pandemic nixed that, so I have my bike set up on a trainer and do Apple Fitness classes or my own workout.I do boot camp classes year round, now online, but sometimes I skip those in the summer... lots more yoga, too. I walk outdoors almost everyday in the winter.
THIS! Wow @Crankin! You are awesome. Honestly, this may be a generalization coming from me being a California girl - but I feel like the Northeast population really understands good clothing lol! Also all my PNW friends have the best jackets I swear. This may be a great thread to share - any favorite brands of socks or base layers for the winter months outside with temps below, say, 40 degrees?
Merino wool socks year round. There's lots of different brands. For everyday wear and cycling, walking, I wear FITS brand low profile running socks. Either Smart Wool or Tekko hiking and x country ski socks. For when it's super cold, I use chemical toe and/or hand warmers. The thing is, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and hiking all make you sweat profusely, especially when climbing. Running does, too, from my limited experience. You have to be sure you have clothing in layers that accounts for this and keeps you somewhat warm in the beginning and lets you unzip or take off layers when you are hot. Craft base layers for all sports... pit zips for jackets!