Let’s face it. There’s no better feeling than exercising outdoors, with the sun on your face and the scenery changing. However, when the snow and icy winds of winter trap you indoors, you can’t just give up on exercise. Getting a good workout is vital to your health. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends exercising for 150 minutes a week at a moderate rate or 75 at a vigorous rate. Try these ideas to stay fit and healthy all year round.
Sign Up at a Gym
It may seem daunting, but there’s a reason gyms exist. They have the equipment and machines you need and often offer classes that can be a fun supplement to your normal workout.
Try Winter Sports
Skiing, sledding and ice-skating are cold-weather activities that will get you moving in the winter. By bringing friends and family along, the focus will be more on fun and less on burning calories.
Always Keep Moving
When you don’t have time to work out, try to increase your heart rate during the day by making small active changes. Try these suggestions to burn extra calories:
- Take the long way. While at work, walk to the furthest restroom or take the stairs to your next meeting.
- Get moving. Don’t just take a break at the water cooler. Walk and talk with coworkers. At home, walk around the house as you make a mental to-do list of everything you need to accomplish for the day.
- Don’t take the easy road. When you go to lunch or run errands, park as far away as possible from where you need to be.
Don’t Give Up
If you stay fit during the winter, you won’t have to stress when summer comes around. Not only that, but a consistent exercise routine is beneficial for long-term health and well-being — even cancer and Type 2 diabetes prevention. Talk to your doctor for more insight into getting enough physical activity during the winter months. Staying fit may be easier than you think.
*Sources: CDC.gov, Cancer.org, NIH.gov