During the winter months, many people become lethargic couch potatoes and do not get enough exercise. It is important to stay active during all times of the year in order to stay healthy. In order to do this, you are going to need to get off the couch and move around. However, the cold weather can restrict what you can do to exercise. Luckily there are still other ways to work out. Continue reading to learn more about staying active during winter.
Staying Active During Winter
It is important that we get exercise each and every day, no matter the season or what the weather is like. The Heart Foundation states, " We need to be active for at least 30 minutes a day to be healthy." This half-hour does not need to be a consecutive 30 minutes, meaning that you can do 10 minutes here and 20 minutes there.
If you have a membership to an indoor gym that is near your home, you can continue to go there for your daily exercise. However, many people find that treadmills and other gym equipment can get old and boring and won't be excited to go. There are apps such as My Fitness Pal that can help you track your workout too. You can even use these apps with other alternative ways to exercise as well.
If you have the time, and a location such as your gym is available, you can sign up for a fitness class. Make sure that you are also enjoying the class yourself. Some examples of classes would be a workout class or a relaxing yoga class. You can also invite your friends to join you in the class so you can ensure that they are staying active during winter too.
Another option to help you stay active in the winter is going to a community center. Sometimes community centers are free or have deals. These can sometimes be cheaper than gyms if you don't intend to use it daily, but just want the option every once in a while. There is often a one day entrance fee thats $2-$5 depending on where you are. Many also offer an annual pass that can be cheaper than paying for a gym membership.
Many community centers have an indoor pool. A nice warm pool can prevent you from being cold while you work out, along with being a great way to do so. You can also get the whole family involved in this and make it fun for them too. Just make sure that any little ones have floaties.
If you cannot walk around outside due to the weather and do not own a gym membership you can still get exercise by walking around indoors. Your local mall will work for this as you can briskly walk from store-to-store. To up the calories that you burn, run up and down stairs if your mall has some. Walking through the mall is also a great way to get any last-minute Christmas shopping done too.
Many of the things that have been listed can also be done from your home. If you have the money, and the space to do so, you can create a small, mini gym in one of the rooms of your house. You can also rent, or borrow an exercise DVD from your local library and follow along to that. If you do not want to rent or buy a workout DVD, you can find many of them on YouTube. Another way to get exercise in your home is by practicing yoga. Check out one of our previous articles to learn more about the Effects of Yoga on the Body.
Not every winter day is going to be a brutal, cold storm. Many will have nice and cool weather that is perfect for taking a walk. Take advantage of days like these and take your family for a stroll through the neighborhood.
If you do decide to walk through your neighborhood, make sure that you and your loved ones are properly clothed and warm. The best way to stay warm when outside is to put on multiple layers of clothing. If you get too hot, you can also always remove the top layer.
Take The Stairs
If you live in a large apartment building, or are staying in a hotel for a few nights, and use an elevator to get to your floor, you should consider taking the stairs from time to time. This will allow you to get just a little bit of extra exercise when you wouldn't have by taking the elevator.
There are many ways that you can ensure that you are staying active during winter. What is most important is that you are exercising for 30 minutes daily in order to stay healthy.