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The Path Not Taken Workout tips to power through the winter slump
VERCAST SKIES, COLD WIND AND DARK EARLY
Waking up early on a cold January morning to run is tough,
evenings can sap our motivation to exercise from
but if you know someone is waiting on you, it makes it easier
the best of us. I can certainly relate, especially
to get out of bed.
coming off the high of running the St. Jude half marathon
Another option is using fitness apps, such as MapMyFitness
in early December. But keeping active during the winter is
and Strava or GPS watches from Garmin or Soleus. Working
as important, if not more so, than in the warmer seasons.
on improving your pace and distance, and measuring your
Physical activity can improve your immune system during
stats against your friends online, is great motivation for
the cold-weather months, as well as improve your mood,
those of us who are competitive spirits. For those of us who
which is especially critical in keeping away the winter blues.
just enjoy the ride, it gives you satisfaction to look back at a
To stick with your exercise commitments, you may need to
month of successful runs, swims, and rides you’ve completed.
restock your closet and change up your exercise schedule.
An obvious alternative for winter-time exercise is to move
While finishing St. Jude was a huge milestone for me, I’ve
indoors with spin classes, yoga, treadmills and heated indoor
already made plans to follow up with another run to keep
swimming pools. The Desoto Athletic Club is a fantastic venue
me excited about the racing season. I have found that there
for someone that is looking for everything. They offer a full
is no better way to stay motivated and to stay consistent in
range of classes, personal trainers, tennis, indoor pool, indoor
your training than to have a race or event on the schedule
running track, and childcare to help meet your needs. Jane’s
to train for. For me, the Germantown Half Marathon, as
Gym is also a favorite amongst Desoto County females. Jane’s
well the Memphis in May Triathlon is where I want to see
Gym offers a wide variety of classes, personal training, child
my winter training pay off. There are a number of bike rides,
care, as well several pampering options for females only. If you
foot races, and group fitness and running events around the
are looking for a more simplistic approach to help shake off
MidSouth to keep you busy. It’s also a great way to meet new
your winter blues, Crossfit is a must try. OB Crossfit has quickly
friends with a similar fitness hobby. Here in Olive Branch, the
moved into the most talked about Crossfit Gym in the area.
DeSoto Runners Club meets on Saturday mornings and in the
From climbing ropes, flipping tires, and weight lifting, Von
afternoons for group runs at all different paces and distances.
and John’s classes will keep you and your body guessing and
Even if you’re a beginner biker or runner, these types of group
improving. Just like everything, nothing is created equally and
events are an opportunity to keep up your motivation, plus
the same goes for fitness facilities. The best way to decide what
it gives you a standing commitment to your other members.
is right for you is to try them out. Local gyms will often offer a 2
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