Keep Fit This Winter

Worried about keeping fit this winter? Want to keep the weight off? Stop worrying and enjoy the chance to layer up and have fun!

Look at these one-HUNDRED-year-old magazine covers; these girls aren’t pumping iron or worrying about navigating their way to a spin class in the snow!

Having fun in the snow!

Personally, I think she needs either longer socks or trousers, but each to their own!

Physical culture is a term that has been twisted out of shape over the years, and there are many definitions, but here’s an inspiring quote from Captain J.P. Jespersen, famed Danish physical culturist about the end result of living a physical culture lifestyle:

A modern person, through daily personal body care, is capable of acquiring a healthy, strong, and beautiful body as well as a strong will that gives a person decisiveness and authority.

J.P. Jespersen

Many good definitions of physical culture as a term can be found HERE, including this one that I particularly like:

“A lifestyle seeking physical, mental, spiritual, and social development through methods such as fitness, diet…and mental discipline – among others!”

This can mean simply being active, walking places, playing in the snow, or doing a series of simple daily exercises that you enjoy to keep you supple. NOTHING about weight loss or huge muscular development.

Wood Chop exercise in the snow!

Of course, manual work can feel good too, and I bet this girl worked up a sweat! These days we don’t really need to go out and cut logs for the fire (although more’s the pity because log burning stoves give off an AWESOME heat), but you get the idea.

I have worked with people in a variety of workplaces and they often ‘abandon’ exercise from December 1 onwards, swearing they will ‘get back on it’ in January.

This year why not abandon EXERCISE that you obviously don’t really enjoy and find a routine or a system that you DON’T feel like abandoning.

5-10 minutes of daily movement-based exercise (such as the Daily Dozen or Radio Taiso) will keep your energy levels up, keep you mentally feeling good, and stop all of this silly guilt!