This is the time of year when many of us make resolutions to exercise and stay active. Unfortunately, where we live can cool down that goal very quickly. A quick walk is refreshing … a quick walk when it’s five degrees, well, that’s another story.
There are animals who hibernate in winter; it’s easy to see why. Curling up on the sofa and binging on some television may be more appealing, but it can mean putting on some extra pounds and losing the stamina you’ve acquired during warmer months. It may be tough, but we have a few tips to help you look past the thermometer and stay active this winter.
Head outside when you can – It’s not a blizzard every day. Try to head outdoors for activities on milder days to soak up some sun and fresh air.
Join a or fitness center – Indoor gyms and health clubs make working out and staying active in winter much easier to stick with. Plus, working out with a trainer or friend can help – and keep you – motived to keep coming back.
Winter activities – Ice skating, hockey, cross country skiing … even an intense snowball fight. Wintertime fun can also be a workout!
Turn your living room into a gym – No, you don’t have to move out the sofa and TV, but some simple equipment like a yoga mat and hand weights are easy to store and pull out when needed. Explore some of the apps that can guide a home workout.
Hit an indoor walking course – Many malls and even some schools open up their indoor facilities for people to use when the weather is tough. Grab some friends and create a walking group.
Skip the elevator – It’s easy to take the easy way! Instead of the elevator or escalator, take the stairs. Use your smartwatch to set a goal and track your steps.