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Do the Short Days of Winter Keep You From Working Out?

Today is Winter Solstice, and it is officially the shortest day of the year. Starting tomorrow the days will start being just a wee bit longer and I, for one, welcome a little more daylight. Regardless if I set my alarm for an earlier time, I really don't get out of bed until my youngest wakes up. She wakes with the sun, so each day it has been just a little bit later. My inability to rise before the sun is up is dramatically affecting my ability to fit exercise into my daily life.

On this shortest day of the year, I am looking to see if I am alone this dilemma. So tell me . . .


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Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Not really. They make me more tired...but I am pretty used to it now. By the time I leave work it is already dusk.
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
I work out at night anyway - I have to wait till my workout partner gets off work. However I have been sick so I haven't worked out in a few days.
anakiya anakiya 9 years
I can't seem to work out during the winter. I leave home at 5:00 a.m. and don't return until 8:00 p.m. by that time since it's dark all I want to do is sleep. Longer days usually work out better for my workout routine.
Sugar_Rush Sugar_Rush 9 years
I only started running this year - I've lost 88lbs this year and 'only' have another 42lbs to go next year (it would be less but I've gained a stone in the last month or so eek!). I can't run outside anymore simple as. What with work and being in the UK it's not light until nigh on 9am, it's dark by 4pm, I am always so incredibly cold (due to weight loss)and there is nowhere well lit/safe to run with these conditions. I'm working on maintaining (well maintaining my current gain as it were)until new year and then I'm going to hit the gym at work again 2007 was great... 2008 is gonna be even better :)
bellechic bellechic 9 years
I enjoy the gym when it's empty, so I tend to go much later at night
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I still work out in the dark, even though it IS a bit depressing. I work at 5:30 am, so I usually split up my workout...part of it at 3:30 am (when it's dark pretty much year round anyways) and part of it after work at around 2:00, so it's still light out. It still sucks that it's so cold and icy and dark though.
facin8me facin8me 9 years
It's not the darkness- it's the cold ad snow and ice that keeps me inside.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I recently dumped my gym membership because during the spring and summer the majority of my workout was done outside. I'm not regretting ending my gym membership after 3 years (I'm anxious to start Bar Method in January) but since I've lost a tremendous amount of weight and body fat I find the cold and even the slightest chill in the sir sends me into what I can only call "cold spasms". I layer my workout clothes but still the 47 degree temp works its way through my clothes and I'm shaking violently. Plus being seriously way smaller than I used to be I feel a little vulnerable out there alone in the dark even with security measures. I cannot wait til spring.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 9 years
I'm lucky cuz I have my own home gym.... so no excuses for me. Tho sometimes I do find some!
bluesuze bluesuze 9 years
The dark days of winter depress me! I am so much more active when it's lighter out. Can't help it. I usually just run in my basement on a treadmill while watching tv.
melda melda 9 years
i workout in my room around 11 am or sometimes 13 pm and i have been working out everyday alternate between cardio and strength training so good so far
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I don't have far to run to my gym but I'm finding my muscles are really suffering. I'll be cold when I get home from work and then I'll have to motivate them to jog to the gym and do a workout. It's hard and this week I'll be taking my only break from working out for a week. =)
girllovewarrior girllovewarrior 9 years
I work out at home, at my own little "gym" ;) I have plenty of light and music there. It really gives me a pick up from the cold and the dark depressing weather.
wambalus wambalus 9 years
I'm finding it hard, but still am getting up and going to the gym (too frosty and slippy to go running outside). I live in Glasgow, and the sun doesn't rise until about 9 just now, and sets around 3:40 so it's pretty much dark anytime I want to do something outside work so it's either doing it in the dark or doing nothing at all.
trixydisco trixydisco 9 years
I'm very lucky, I work second shift so I workout around 9am. Little traffic and the sun is up!!
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