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I live in the Northeast and am just starting to get outside when it is warm. Do those of you who live in warmer climates get more exercise and have less to lose than I do?

Mon. Apr 10, 12:54pm

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Hey Good question. I am from the upper MidWest and always pack on more pounds in the winter and then lose them in the summer. (even though I work out in the winter, too)

Monday, April 10, 2006, 1:52 PM

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I live in Israel, where it is sunny almost non-stop from mid-April to mid-October, and the temperatures during that 6 month period range from low 50s to high 90s. usually, in my part of the country, the temperature doesn't drop below 40 during the other 6 months of the year, and though rain falls, it is still sunny during most days. however, food beckons regardless of the weather and one (I) can overeat regardless of the temperature or the beautiful sunny sky.

It is easier to exercise outside because the weather is so pleasant, and if one lives near the coast, swimming in the sea is an option for about 6 months of the year. but still, I managed to climb to about 185 lbs.

HTH.

Monday, April 10, 2006, 2:00 PM

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I'm pretty much a gym rat in all seasons myself, but my husband is an outdoor runner and finds it much harder to get in his miles in the summer here in NC. We have many days over 90 degrees with high humidity, and he has to run really early in the morning for it to be even tolerable. Spring and fall are best for outdoor exercise here, as I'm sure they are in many places.

Monday, April 10, 2006, 5:36 PM

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It gets pretty intolerable in NYC too! There are years when it gets into 90s as early as May and the humidity plus polution can really get you. In winter, it's snow, ice and sleet. In NC, your advantage is probably you have longer falls and springs. The greatest climate I've experienced was in Hawaii, all year-round same mild weather (unless you're on windward side where it rains all the time, but still very tolerable). But it all depends on your social environment, upbringing, education and class, i think. There were very fit ppl there, and at the same time there were many very obese people as well... I don't think I've seen a single fat person from Iceland, but it's pretty cold there and in winter it's depressingly dark all the time for months!

Monday, April 10, 2006, 6:08 PM

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I live in northern California (near SF) and our weather has been BAD all winter and into spring (by BAD, I mean constant rain, wind, cold.) It is unheard of for people to still wear their winter coats and scarves in April, but that's what's happening. Anyway, this weather isn't so bad that it stops some people from exercising (I swim in an outdoor pool in the AM.) HOWEVER, many of my friends (especially those with kids) have been complaining that they've gained so much weight because they are spending less time outside. So, long story short, winter/early spring has affected us here too, even though our weather isn't that extreme.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 1:07 AM

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I toughed it out this winter in Boston, but it was miserable. Some mornings, my dog couldn't even make it cause his feet would freeze up!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 12:49 PM

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I'm originally from the Mid West, and I actually exercised more than I do now that I live in the North West. I used to love running outside in the snow. However, I hated running in the humidity, so I would run as early as possible to get it over with. I'm finally feeling a little more at home after living here almost 5 years, but it was hard. I gained at least 20 pounds since moving out here and have lost only 5.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 1:43 PM

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I live in Florida. No weather excuses for me. I put on ten pounds this winter. Too much eating and not enough exercise. It's always sunny and nice here so I can't blame that. I just got lazy and those cookies just tasted too darn good! I can't blame the snow and cold so guess I only have myself to blame! But I am back on track and hoping to get the pounds back off! Next year I must be more careful.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 11:05 PM

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I am in DC and the weather is so nice that I took a personal day and spent the morning with my 2 year old.

Thursday, April 13, 2006, 1:00 PM

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