Winter makes me lazy.
I loved going out for walks and runs and even did exercise videos throughout the summer, but now I’m basically a couch potato. The cold just makes me want to curl up on the couch with a big quilt and watch a movie while crocheting.
It’s hard to be motivated to move when I’m cold. I realize that moving will warm me up, but that’s a hurtle I’m not often able to overcome.
Even during the summer, when I was out running or walking daily, there were often times when Alex was out working all day (or night) and I was itching for a run, but was stuck at home alone with 3 kids. I longed for a treadmill so that I could get my exercise in without worrying about childcare.
Now that it’s cold outside I have absolutely no desire to go outside. I don’t want to exercise when it’s cold. We live in a basement apartment and it’s cold inside too. I just don’t want to move. I want to have a nice hot bath, but that’s not very good for burning calories or getting my heart pumping. Depending on how hot the water is it will make me sweat, though. Does that count?
The warm days we’ve been having have reminded me that, once upon a time, I liked going outside. I once liked to run and walk and move. But then winter comes back and I turn into a potato again.
I know that exercising is so great for my mood and general outlook on life. I need alone time and exercise is a great way to get it. So, even with my lazy, couch potato ways, there have been times this winter that I’ve craved the mood-lifting alone time that going for a walk provides, but circumstances (weather, being a mother…whatever) have prevented me from doing so. Now I want a treadmill again, so that I have no excuses.
Of course, I can’t afford a treadmill and there’s really no place to put one in my apartment. Pfft. Details.
*Full disclosure: I went for a lovely, childless walk through the forest with a friend this morning and it was very enjoyable. We’ve been trying to get together for weeks and it finally happened. I still want a treadmill though*