Winter Slump, or Recharging Batteries?

It seems that every year in late November/through December, I hit an exercise slump. My racing season is over (although I did very little racing this year), it’s cold and dark, and I’m gearing up for a busy holiday season, and then straight into four months of rehearsals, so all I want to do is sit at home, snuggle my kitties, play video games, and hang out with my family and friends. It’s like I’m hard-wired to take a giant step back from everything this time of year and just rest and recharge.

I was feeling guilty this morning that I haven’t been running in ages, and that my gym membership badge is collecting dust, and that I haven’t been using the recumbent bike at home as much as I “should.” But then I realized that’s silly, exactly because of the reasons above. I need this time to myself without pushing and stressing and running around. My body and my subconscious have sort of taken charge and pushed the “pause” button, and I’m feeling pretty good about it.

All this is not to say that I’m planning to just loaf around for the next month, or let this inaction become the new normal, but for now, I’m comfortable. I have big plans for 2017, including but not limited to: trying CrossFit (who even am I?), buying a house, and hopefully, starting a family. Closing 2016 out on a restful note is just what I need to get ready.

Does anyone else find it hard to stay active this time of year?