Braving the Cold Weather: How to Stay Fit During Winter

Posted on Dec 26 2013 - 2:48am by Cathy Brunetti

Cold, windy winter mornings can be dull and boring, and the lazy winter sun can be very demotivating when it comes to exercise. But these are not enough excuses to retreat from your regular workout. As you will usually eat more during the winter, it’s important to stay active and fit throughout the season. Here’s how you stay energetic and enthusiastic all throughout the cold days:

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Go Indoors

If the cold weather is unbearable, you might want to bring your workout indoors. Join a gym class, martial arts sessions, dance classes, or any other indoor exercise. Aerobics, Zumba, kickboxing, and stepaerobics are great ways to stay in shape and work up a sweat during winter. You can also purchase exercise equipment like a treadmill, elliptical, or exercise bike so you can exercise at home.

Take the Stairs

Whenever there’s an opportunity, take the stairs. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a 150-pound person burns 10 calories by walking upstairs. Research suggests that stair-climbing increases leg power, improves the mount of good cholesterol in the blood, and helps people achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. So skip the elevator even during winters. Climb the stairs going to your apartment and promote overall wellbeing.

Try New Activities

Beat the winter blues by trying a variety of activities during the cold season. If you are a nature lover, indulge in new outdoor activities, such as hiking or cycling. Play outdoor sports, such as Frisbee, football, or basketball, or try your hand at learning new skills. Daily activities are also a great way to stay in shape. Gardening, performing household chores, taking your pet out for a walk, and going to the grocery store are all great ways to be on your feet.

Dress Properly

When exercising during winter, make sure to dress warmly. Invest in a hood and hat to keep your head and chest warm. Dress in layers to control the level of insulation you need during workout. Inner layers or the materials closest to your skin should wick perspiration away from your body without absorbing moisture. Outer layers, on the other hand, should be supple, lightweight, and rain resistant yet breathable. Wear mittens and gloves as well to keep blood flowing from your hands and prevent tissue damage.

The key to staying fit and active during winter is beating the winter blues and performing any kind of physical activity. Don’t sit or cuddle up in bed when the temperature decreases, buy exercise equipment and exercise indoors, try new outdoor activities, or simply perform a variety of household chores to ensure you stay in shape all throughout the cold days.

Resources:

http://www.proform.com/
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/19/health/nutrition/19fitness.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
http://www.livestrong.com/article/287172-what-to-wear-for-a-winter-workout/