Spring is still several weeks away but it is often around now that we spend all of our time wishing for longer days and warmer temperatures and forget to enjoy the winter. Yes, the weather can seem bleak, but just look at how the sun showcases the snow in all of its magnificence. Gleaming and hanging from bent limbs of trees, it radiates a white beauty seldom equalled. When I stop to look, it can be breathtaking! That’s the point of this blog post: taking advantage of every last bit of our beautiful northern winters!
Winter can slow us down physically, but here in the north of B.C., we have all sorts of free (or almost free) opportunities that people all over the world spend lots of money to access!
There are trails for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. There are places to go downhill skiing or snowboarding and much more. What about the views on the trails on a clear, sunny day? Is there anything like this in the world?
So let’s start appreciating the opportunities we have in the north and engage with the winter physically (and safely). We can go with friends and make it a social or even spiritual event. This type of physical activity can help fight winter’s melancholy and help keep us in shape for all of that gardening in the spring!
Remember to reduce your sedentary activities at every opportunity:
- Every move counts, whether that’s in the gym or on a treadmill or simply walking around the block to look at the trees. Move and keep moving.
- If you work long hours in an office or at a job where you have to sit down most of the time, get up and move at every chance you get.
- Don’t get caught sitting down with sitting disease. Stand up as much as possible. Build a little schedule for standing and moving. It’s easy and it’s good for you.
At the end of the day we may still be in the throes of winter but remember that the Canada Winter Games are here and games of any kind can add a little extra motivation. Winter will have its way, of course, but with it comes the hope of spring.
Let’s enter spring a little healthier this year by challenging ourselves to move more today!
About Jim Coyle
Jim is a tobacco reduction coordinator with the men’s health program, and has a background in psychiatry and care of the elderly. In former times, Jim was director of care at Simon Fraser Lodge and clinical coordinator at the Brain Injury Group. He came to Canada from Glasgow, Scotland 20 years ago and, when not at work, Jim plays in the band Out of Alba and spends time with his family.