As the days get shorter and darkness lingers past 6 AM, I find it harder and harder to motive out of bed and into the dark, chilly world outside.
I am a total creature of Circadian rhythm. I have the most energy during the day when there’s sunlight, and once the world gets dark, there’s 1-2 hours before I’m ready to crawl into bed for the night.
What does this mean for my exercise routine? Mostly it means that during the darkest weeks of the year, I don’t get out much. It’s a chore for me to get up at 5 AM and get to the pool for the 5:45 Master’s Swim. I should probably find a Master’s swim session that starts at 10 or 11 AM instead. Getting up at 6 AM is just barely better; either I go to the YMCA and do a (boring) gym workout, or I suck it up and run outside in the pre-dawn light.
I’m lucky if I work out five times a week; 2-3 is the norm in winter. In contrast, during the summer I have to force myself to take a day off. I totally understand the urge to hibernate, as it’s (obviously) my instinct.
I live in Colorado where we get 300 days of sunshine a year. I can’t imagine living farther north where the clouds rule the skies, or where the days are even shorter. I would never get outside at all, for all the time I would spend in bed sleeping!
During the shortest weeks of the year, how is YOUR exercise routine affected? Do you struggle through it, or are you one of those people that says “Yeah, it sucks, and I just wait until it’s light again.” I strive to be one of those people, but sometimes it doesn’t work.