Ways to Stay Active This Winter
The cold winter weather can always make a great excuse to cuddle up on your couch and push all fitness routines to the side. It’s important in the winter to stick with these routines to keep up with your usually active lifestyle. A little planning will help you get through the next couple of cold months. Below we have listed a few ideas on how to stay active during the winter:
Insulate Your Body
When it’s cold outside, it’s best to layer up and stay warm. Layering provides the most effective way to stay dry and warm. Cold temperatures and strong winds steal your body heat. If you get a little too toasty, take off as many layers as it takes to become comfortable. The same goes for when you are a little cold, just add another layer on top. The layer closest to your skin should be thin and allow moisture to escape. Try to avoid cotton, as it tends to suck up liquid and stay wet. You want to gravitate towards moisture-wicking fabrics used in high-performance sportswear. Next, add a layer of fleece; finally, top with a thin waterproof layer.
Go Outside When You Can
Not every day of the winter is unbearable. Try to go outside on a mild and bright winter day and exercise when it is safe to do so. Shorter winter days may make this seem impossible, but it isn’t. If you do choose to workout outside when it’s dark, try to wear reflective materials on your clothes to stay safe. If you are outside for a length of time, it’s important to know the signs of hypothermia. Some symptoms include:
- Lack of coordination
- Mental confusion
- Slowed reactions
- Slurred speech
- Cold feet and hands
Exercise at Home
Exercising at home can be just as routine as working out at the gym. If you don’t have any of the materials to workout at home, buy some! Try to look up some exercises that are easy to do at home. The internet is full of workouts and videos that can be quite helpful!
Take the Stairs
Taking the stairs is an awesome fat-burning workout that will keep your heart rate up. It takes as little as five minutes of stair climbing to work up a sweat and reach an intense yet efficient workout.
Find an indoor swimming pool and hop right in. Swimming boosts your physical strength and heartrate. Being in the water can also help improve joint and bone pains.
Join a Fitness Class/Wellness Center
Fitness classes will not only help you get in shape but will help keep you motivated over the winter months. You can choose from a wide variety of classes, from aerobics and badminton to basketball and yoga.
Walk the Mall
Malls all over offer walking programs and access early in the morning to people in the community. Malls are a great alternative to getting in steps! Next time you go, try inviting some friends along.
There’s no reason you need to take a break from exercising when the temperature drops. At Rosewood Care Centers, we believe it’s better to exercise in the winter months than in the summer! Some advantages of continuing to work out in the winter are:
- No heat and humidity to deal with
- You may be able to workout longer in the cold
- It’s a great way to take in sunlight to improve your mood
- Exercise boosts your immunity during cold and flu season.
Are you now convinced to continue working out in the winter months? If not, feel free to consult one of our caretakers for more information. Subscribe to our newsletter for more content like this! We are a care center located throughout Illinois and the greater St. Louis area. Find your center here!