I am fortunate to live on the coast of SC where for the most part you can be outside year round without a problem. We don’t get much winter weather and if we do it’s gone within a day or so. Which is good because I am not made for the cold. I am that person wearing a hoodie no matter what time of the year and the slightest breeze will give me chills.
I love being outside and I can always bundle up and go out in the cold, but I don’t let my kids get cold. If they go out in the winter, you would think we live in the north. 2 shirts and a jacket, hats, gloves, scarves, and you better believe they will have a cover over them in the stroller. I know it’s a little overkill, but I don’t want them to be cold!
So right now it’s very up and down. A week ago it was in the 30’s and 40’s and yesterday it was in the 70’s. SC is a little Bi-polar if you didn’t know. But when it is nice, we make sure we get out each day and enjoy it with a walk somewhere. I have been doing my best to be a jogger. I have never been good at getting out and running and it’s really been a challenge for me. And I have learned that it’s not something that you just start doing all the time. You have to work your way into it.
When we are at the park walking I try to do short bursts of jogging, but I do my best jogging in my living room and kitchen. After the kids are down for the night I can turn on some music and go to town. I don’t worry about anyone watching me and wondering if I’m going fast enough. It’s me time at it’s best. Even if it’s only for 15 to 20 minutes doing small laps around the kitchen and the coffee table or in place watching the first non kids show of the day.
Everyday it gets a little easier and I can go a little longer. And when it gets warmer I will be ready to take the kids out and run for it! So stop giving yourself excuses to not jog or even just walk. You can do it anywhere when you decide you are going to make it happen.