The Benefits of Running in the Rain

It’s been cold and rainy here in Perth the last several weeks. Thousands of people have given up their exercise routines for the warm and comfort found in their own homes.

I wouldn’t blame you if you’re one of them. It’s a pretty natural reaction to stay in your comfort zone and conserve energy. Most of these people, however, know that they should be sticking to a regular exercise regime.

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How Your Comfort Zone Works Against You

Comfort zones are important – they let us know when things are safe, comfortable and predictable. This aspect of our psychology was especially important in the times of our distant ancestors – not staying safe could mean being injured or killed.

These days, the same level of danger doesn’t exist, yet the same circuity in your brain tells us to seek safety, comfort and predictability. It is the same circuitry that will work against you as you strive towards your new year’s resolutions (if you decided on some, that is).

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