Dachshunds have big hearts!
It’s Thanksgiving weekend and in a few short weeks winter will be upon us. Memories of exercising in the raw December winds with a cold rain or snow bearing down on me is enough can kill my motivation to go outside for a walk. Additionally, shortened daylight hours give me the impression it’s later in the day than it really is. I am amazed at how easily I can talk myself into stretching out on the couch to surf the web on my computer.
One thing I’m doing to counter those failed attempts at physical activity during the winter months is ending my eating/snacking before 6 p.m. Doing this not only helps me control my weight, it also helps me sleep better. If I do end up going outside for a walk I get a double benefit.
Heavy winter snowfall creates unique challenges for a small short-legged dog. This does not dampen his enthusiasm however. After donning his favorite sweater, Brody begs to venture out. My snowblower creates a path, allowing him to happily bound along scooping up the icy moisture with his tongue.
In my last couch to 5k post I set goals designed to maintain some sort of exercise routine throughout the winter months. One factor I left out, how busy the month of December can be leading up to Christmas. To date I completed only one run and the 10,000 or so steps I accrue walking over the course of a each work day.
This week I was involved in a car accident, requiring my vehicle to be taken to a collision shop for repairs likely to take a week or so. So that’s the bad news. The good news stemming from the bad news is I am now on foot. Walking to and from work will add a few thousand steps to my counter each day while I’m loaded down with a backpack. Do I consider that strength training? Stay tuned for more updates…