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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.

 

Upping the intensity of my workout has enabled me to get rid of the feeling of being cold.  And my life has taken off in the process.

Upping the intensity of my workout has enabled me to get rid of the feeling of being cold.  And my life has taken off in the process.

Me and Jon at a West Palm Beach street fair this month.  I'm feeling my best since modifying my workout routine.

Me and Jon at a West Palm Beach street fair this month.  I'm feeling my best since modifying my workout routine.

 

 

 

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.

 

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