Don’t let the cold weather get in your way of exercise this winter! Here are some tips on how to keep active during the short, cold winter days.
Physical activity in the winter can:
Improve your mood
Increase your energy level
Keep you in shape for summer
Help you avoid holiday weight gain
Boost immunity to fight off winter flu and colds
Reduce disease risk and improve overall health
Wear comfortable, warm clothes, in layers so that you can remove them when your body temperature rises.
On warmer days wear a thin outer layer. Tie it around your waist if you get too warm.
Need a reason to get out? Walk your dog or with a friend around the block before the sun begins to set. If you plan to go out later, wear bright colors or something reflective so that cars can easily spot you.
When it snows, shovel your sidewalk or driveway. Offer to do your neighbor’s driveway. Who knows you might even make some cash!
When talking on the phone, walk around the house instead of sitting on the couch.
WETA often has free exercise programs on television, while You Tube offers free online exercise video clips and About.com has free workout ideas, tips, and specific routines.
Jump rope, or just jump while commercials are on TV.
Turn on your favorite CD or radio station, and dance wherever you have room.
Burn calories while you clean! Try to sweep, mop, scrub, and dust.
Take extra trips up and down the stairs to strengthen leg muscles and burn calories.
Hide the remote control so that you have to get up and walk to change the station on the television.
Check Craigslist for good prices on used exercise equipment.
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