I love to exercise outside. When there’s no time to drive to the gym or a whole hour for a class, outside is easy. No fuss or cost or timetables. No noise nor conversation. Just me.
For weeks and months now, my evening bike rides and runs have been filled with sunshine and warmth. Those extra layers of winter clothing not required. It’s easy to forget what winter brings.
But this last week or so, you can feel the change in the air. Tonight, as I cycled through my local park, the leaves were starting to fall. In a few more weeks the nights will draw in, and the light filled rides along the waterfront will stop…. for a little while.
It is harder to get motivated to exercise when it is dark and cold. But I do believe every season brings something a little special for those that brave it.
Autumn. Crunchy leaves. All the colours. The smell of bonfires and fireworks.
Winter. Crispy, cold, bright mornings. Bundled up in your extra layers. Breath fogging in front of you. On the run up to Christmas, passing the fairy lights and the decorated trees. Feeling like you’re a little bit badass because everyone else is indoors and you are in the streets.
And then to spring. There’s that first evening you get home from work and there’s still plenty of daylight. Flowers and trees waking up, seeing the change day by day. The promise of warmer days just around the corner.
But from here on in, for a little while, its freezing noses all the way.
Bring it on.