Stay Warm Through Exercise
A long time ago my hands and feet used to always be cold. I thought it was just because of my body, and so I took extra precautions to stay warm in the wintertime. Oddly enough though, my hands and feet would still be cold in the summers too -- and I couldn't quite figure out why.
When I shared this with Jon, he immediately attributed it to me not working out hard enough. Of course, I thought he was crazy because I worked out quite a bit at that time -- whether it was on the elliptical, the treadmill, or in a class at the gym.
What I soon realized was that I was getting plenty of exercise -- but I wasn't thinking about the quality of the exercise. Instead, I was focusing on the quantity. When I would go to the gym, I would always spend a couple of hours there -- but doing everything at a mid-level intensity.
After a discussion with Jon, I resolved to focus on the quality of my workout -- meaning the intensity of it. I recognized that I needed to think and train like an athlete, because athletes don't simply want to make it through a brisk walk for 30-minutes -- they want to workout hard and get their body to a higher level of performance.
Incidentally, after I started to up the intensity of my runs a few years ago, my hands and feet stopped getting cold. Now, I work out to exhaustion, yet I actually end up having more energy throughout the day!
This past winter was a tough one, and it can certainly be a hassle to trudge to the gym in the middle of a snow storm. But the thing is, regular exercise will actually assist you in keeping your body warmer, and help you make it through the long and arduous winter months.