The Joy of a Spring Day in January
There is nothing better than to be able to walk around in a short-sleeved T-shirt in January, in the northeast of the United States. Today was one of those days. We were expecting it to rain all day, which never happened during the daylight hours. I was able to take a two mile walk with my baby grandson and I actually broke a sweat. I would have gone longer but it was time to eat for the little guy. It doesn’t get better than that.
Even as the evening has progressed, the temperature is still 66 degrees Fahrenheit, well after sundown. Usually a warm winter day immediately loses heat after the sun goes down but not this day. It was overcast all day so bright sunlight was not the reason for the warm day.
Climate change aside…there are a few reasons a day like this is good for the soul:
You can go out with minimal outerwear and absorb Vitamin D
Vitamin D is actually a hormone and we produce it as a response to sunlight. It’s an important component of a healthy body. We need Vitamin D for our bones, to retain the calcium in our bodies, to reduce the risk of some cancers, and supports normal immune function.
You can exercise outside and increase endorphins
Ever heard of the ‘runner’s high’? It’s the feeling of euphoria some people enjoy from high intensity exercise. It elevates mood, decreases anxiety and minimizes pain sensitivity. It was so nice to be able to get outside in the fresh air and get some exercise.
You can get a break from the dreary winter weather
I love getting a surprise warm day in the winter. As I get older, I find I like the winter less and less. If it isn’t snowing, I don’t want it to be cold. So when I can go out on January 11th in short sleeves and take a nice long walk, I’m a happy girl.
I love having a break from the cold. I feel like it fortifies me for the rest of the season and I can face the inevitable returning dreary winter weather. I know these strange days might be the result of climate change or they might be a nice gift from Mother Nature. In any case, I’ll happily take advantage and get outside to enjoy the gift.
Since June 2019, I decided to hold myself accountable for walking my talk. Several years ago, I was able to take off 135 pounds and essentially save my own life. I regained some of that weight in the last couple of years and I’m working my way back down. I’ve lost over 40 pounds since I began in June and have exercised nearly every day since August.
If you choose to join me on this journey, I hope I am able to impart some nutritional and lifestyle wisdom. Even though I may have gone off the rails temporarily I can still share some of my first hand experience as well as my acquired knowledge and training to help you make the right changes to live your best life.
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Today, walking in the rain, tomorrow, skating on the streets.
It is all exercise after all.
Absolutely Doug. And the more fun you have doing it the more likely it is that you will.
Good for you! I walk a couple times daily! So essential to my day!
It really is good for the soul.