We are in the midst of the holiday season with shorter, colder days and challenging weather like snow! Any one of these could be an obstacle to going out walking, so here are a few strategies to continue Camera Walking in spite of the challenges of the season.
Stay motivated: Find a way to re-kindle your motivation to get out and walk. Think about how good it feels while you are out and after you finish. In fact, recent research shows that even moderate exercise can produce good-feeling brain chemicals that can last up to 12 hours afterwards!
Also new research underscores the importance of daily exercise in mitigating the impact of overconsumption during the holidays. Considering how many calories there are in a holiday meal, it is helpful to get out moving.
Finally, a great motivator is to remember the wonderful photos you capture when walking. And a bonus – your photos can make great holiday gifts!
Make it social: Gather your family and friends for a walk. Walking, taking photos and then sharing them over coffee afterwards is a great way to get out the door. Even if your friends and family don’t take photos, you can and surprise them with what you have discovered along the way. I always bring my camera when I am walking with my friends and they love it when I send them the photos of our experience together.
Be prepared: The reality is that winter brings rain, sleet, snow and colder temperatures, so you need to be prepared. Layers of clothing are always best. Rain gear, such as rain pants, warm jackets, hats, neck warmers, and good gloves are in order. Take a look at one of our earlier posts about protecting you and your camera gear while walking in the rain.
Snow and ice shouldn’t keep you from walking if you have good boots, and something that I discovered when traveling in Russia, Yak Tracks. They slip over your boots and are like tire chains, enabling you to walk at your normal pace and gait. Seattle doesn’t get much snow, but when it does it is a mess! We are a city of hills and without my Yak Tracks I wouldn’t be able to walk as comfortably as I do. Check them out!
Be flexible: I like to walk in the morning, but when it is just too cold, like the other day (12 degrees!), I walked later in the day. Walking during your lunch hour or at the end of the day when it might be warmer is a good option. When it is really too cold and miserable to go outside for a walk, get creative. Drive to an indoor mall and walk with your camera. What might seem to be a boring walk becomes an exercise in creativity. You might be surprised with what photos you can find in shop windows, and most importantly, you get a good walk!
The benefits of walking are many fold so we hope that you will be inspired to keep walking, taking photos and enjoying the good feelings that come from walking during the holiday season – accomplishment and creativity. Let us know some of your strategies that help you keep walking by commenting below, or on our Facebook page, or sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org . We would love to hear from you!