Winter Walking

a_walk_through_a_winter_storm_by_mabelair-d39v2q4Just 30 minutes on the treadmill does incredible things to not only my overall health but also my mind throughout the day. Although the body has many systems that are underlined in physical anatomy the body works as one. When we supply our bodies with healthy nutrients it effects every system in the body and this is also true for exercise.

With just a small routine of 30 minutes on a treadmill or walking at a steady pace around the neighborhood for 30 minutes just 3 days per week allows for increased focus and clearer thinking during the day. Without overeating it also gets our bodies in the mode of fat burning which I have emphasized in other posts to be a natural state of being.

During the winter months our bodies have the tendency of storing more fat to help us keep an energy store when food is difficult to find. Of course in the modern age we live in it’s not too difficult to find any type of food. But it wasn’t this way throughout history and our genes are a mirror to the lifestyle humans had to learn to endure.

We have an increased appetite in the winter in combination with the body’s innate, programed response to convert food into fat. There is also another underlying reason for our bodies to act in this fashion and that is the added energy we require to keep the body at 98.6 degrees. This is not to difficult to do when the temperature outside is in the 80’s but when we have endure winters that have consistent temperatures below freezing our bodies respond by storing up fat.

I naturally weigh in about 10 lbs heavier in the winter because of this and try not to get to crazy over the increase of body weight. But it is also just as important to remember that many of our primal generations that attributed to the development of this genetic disposition walked many miles hunting and gathering to acquire the food they needed to get through the winter. This is where I find that it is so important to walk in the winter. Whether by bundling up and taking a long walk or like me simply getting on a treadmill, the difference between no exercise at all in just incredible.

During the winter months humans typically hunker down and this is also a natural response to the conservation of energy to stay warm. While our ancestors saved their strength for building and growing food for the warmer months I believe that I too should keep strength exercises at a minimum. It is for this reason that while strength training is important also for our bone health it should be kept to a minimum. Spring will come around and I will feel a natural instinct to start lifting heavier weights, but for now I am simply going with nature.

So after a long hiatus of staying away from exercise I understand the need to hit the treadmill for 30 minutes or more at least 3 days per week. I am going to set my schedule for Mon, Tue and Wed on the treadmill and do a little strength training on the weekend. But I am limiting the strength training to just core exercises at a weight that is far less than I did over the summer.

Blood Sugar- 91, Weight- 186.0

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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16 Responses to Winter Walking

  1. New Journey says:

    I am all smiles….keep coming back my friend…you are missed……kat

  2. Nurse Kelly says:

    Wonderful and very inspiring post! I love how you kept repeating 30 minutes all throughout this! That really isn’t that long when you think about a whole day! Hope you are well! Happy Holidays!

  3. Sounds like you’ve found a plan that will work wonders for you. We can all take a lesson or two from nature. I’ve been away too, but have returned so I’m in good company… Looking forward to your future posts and thoughts. Take care and have a wonderful weekend ~ Bluebird

  4. 30 minutes. You can do it! I always tell myself when I begin in the morning, “You are going to feel so much better when this is done,” and I always do!

  5. mrperkins says:

    Reminds me of the trail that I walk on. I also have some cross country skis that I used for the first time last year, and hopeful I can use them this year as well. Great post.

  6. I am not able to handle the cold, so I used to have to stop walking in the winter. Several years back, I looked into portable treadmills, but after reading the reviews I realized it was not worth it. The most portable item was a peddler. I figured it was better than nothing on the cold and bad weather days. Since then I hurt my foot and can’t walk that well anymore. The peddler does not put any pressure on my foot, so I can still do it. Would not recommend for you as it’s not enough exercise. But for me it’s the peddler or nothing and it’s great-there’s lots of virtual walks on youtube and in DVD form and I notice a difference. If you have room for a full size treadmill or stationary bike or stepper [if you can use one], it makes the winter so much easier. Each peddling session is a break from the winter dreary for me.

  7. jncthedc says:

    Hope the new job is working out well for you. Glad to see your making room to gradually get back into the exercise mode. I’m sure it will reinvigorate your energy.
    Wishing you and your family the healthiest and happiest of holidays.

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