Winter in three part harmony – time to exercise?


Winter officially started about a week ago and already we’ve had two measurable snow storms (that’s the current lingo for a lot of snow), an ice storm, and now the latest rumor is that we’ll see the white stuff again Sunday afternoon. I’m OK with that, but here’s the part that will be miserable: along the southern coast, we should also have an extended period of sleet and freezing rain. Yuck!

The good news is that this small dose of winter weather will roll through the state in less than 12 hours and then the freezer door to the north will open again. The temperatures will drop dramatically as we greet the new year.

For those of us who were lucky enough not to lose their power in the last storm, this means whatever mother nature leaves on our doorsteps and driveways will once again turn to a solid block of ice. For me, it means that it’s time to once again loosen up those muscles and make sure the shovels are ready again.

Now here’s the real point of this little rant. It’s time for me to get moving.

As winter works its way into our very being, I’m reminded again that spring is just around the corner. The sun was out yesterday afternoon and the temperatures rose to the upper 30s, so of course I started to think about the longer days to come.

With any kind of luck, I’ll be back on my bike and on the roads again in about three months. Who knows, I might even run a little – it’s time to get moving.

Like everything else in my life, I have a plan. I’d like to get rid of the extra 35 pounds I seemed to be dragging with me everywhere I go. I know, (this is me talking to myself) I’ve said this before, I’ve done this before, and the plan seems so simple. Eat a little less, stop eating in the middle of the night, and get back outside and commit to regular exercise.

So here are the details:Single Speed

Walking/Running/Jogging – Three days per week. I’m lucky enough to live near the Eastern Trail and that’s a perfect place to put one foot in front of the other.

Cycling/Spinning – Three days per week. I love my bike – enough said.

Weights – (this is for my friend Linda) – Somehow, do a bit of regular weight or resistance training each week. Now that I’m beyond the half-century mark, this is important.

There are two things that will help me succeed. First, I actually like to exercise. Sometimes it seems hard to find the time, but I know it helps and I always feel better when I’m finished. The second thing, and probably the more important of the two, I’ve committed to the plan publicly. There’s nothing like a little peer pressure to push you along.

I’ll check back in each week and let you know how I’m doing, but I’m on my way.


David Arenstam

About David Arenstam

Originally from away, but here to stay - Maine is my home and I love writing stories about the people and places from my end of the state. I am a teacher and writer and my first novel, "Homecoming: A Soldier's Story of Loyalty, Courage, and Redemption" is available now at