Step outside and you can feel the air getting cooler. The leaves have begun to fall, the sun is on a different schedule, the weather conditions are getting less favorable for some sports and even sweeter for others. With the changing of the seasons, we must adapt our movement to the conditions. A change in clothing, gear, flexibility, preparedness, and many many other factors are in a phase of transition.
Winter is coming and we must succumb to the conditions for the sake of staying active. Throw on the layers, dust off the gear, mentally prepare for the frigid temps, and get out there. For most of us, we're not willing to be stuck indoors for the sake of being comfortable when a world that would test those boundaries of comfort lies just beyond our front door.
Whatever it is you enjoy doing during the spring, summer and early fall months, adapt it to extend the enjoyment year-round. Running in the falling snow may not be the most comfortable, snowshoeing or backcountry skiing may leave you feeling frantic for direction with the trail being buried under layers of snow, and climbing frozen glaciers may seem impossible; nevertheless, it is all worth it in the end. Memories and mental toughness, that's what comes from chasing experiences where you were initially uncomfortable!
You never know what form of movement will have you hooked, so why not try them all? Layer up, get outside, and awaken a part of yourself you never would have known existed had you not dared to step outside into the great white snowy landscape. It's important to have an understanding of what you're getting yourself into before you step into it. Ask yourself, what gear will I need? How should I best dress to stay warm for this? What kind of terrain and environment will I be planting myself in?
The more we physically and mentally prepare ourselves for what we are pursuing, the better equipped we will be to push through the favorable and unfavorable circumstances alike. Don't bother getting your expectations worked up, but rather show up with a open and accepting mindset for all that could lie ahead.
Not sure what forms of movement to give a try first? Anything that gets you outdoors and active!
You don't have to become a daring sportsman to experience movement outdoors during the snowy winter months. All you have to do is get outside yourself mentally and outdoors physically.
The steps to becoming more environmentally conscious and sustainable require a certain mindfulness and recognition that can take time to adapt to and develop! Each small change makes a difference and here 7 you can start practicing now.