Ideas for Staying Fit Over the Winter
The winter months are approaching, and if you live in a place with cold winters, chances are your activity level is about to decrease. With the temperature dropping and snow making walking areas wet and slippery, you’ll be spending more time sitting on your butt—which can lead to unhealthy behaviors if your routine isn’t adjusted appropriately.
Try the following tips and activities to help stay in shape over the winter months:
1.Use the stairs
Running or walking up and down the stairs in your house, work building, or apartment complex can be a good workout when it’s freezing or snowing outside. One option for beginners is to add walking intervals every couple of floors. For example, exit the stairway, walk the length of the hallway, and then go back to the stairs and continue climbing and descending them until you reach another hallway you can walk.
This is a great aerobic activity to do with family or friends. Some ice rinks may even let you do it free of charge on certain nights of the week. Check your local ice rinks to see when they’re open for public skating.
3.Find a workout buddy for the gym
It can be tough to motivate yourself to go to the gym in the winter. Even though you might be motivated since you’re not outside as much, many people don’t like to go out in the cold or drive in snowy or slushy road conditions. See if you can find a friend or family member who’s willing to work out with you at the gym. When you have a workout buddy to keep you motivated, getting fit in the winter gets easier.
4.Skiing and snowboarding
While there’s a learning curve (and cost) to learning how to ski and snowboard, they’re both great winter activities that will keep you active throughout the season. They’re also a lot of fun. Check online to find places where you can participate or take lessons (if you’re a beginner).
Join a team or individual sports program. While the competition levels vary, the most cost-effective programs are usually run by local municipalities where gym space at a local school or community center is secured and people drop in for a game of basketball, floor hockey or other team sports. Also, if you have a kid who isn’t involved with any programs in the winter, it’s very easy to find youth basketball, hockey, indoor soccer, or other sports programs for them to join, even if they’re new to a sport.
As silly as it may feel to some people, dancing (even in your own house) can be a good way to burn some calories while indoors. Winter is also a great time to take dance classes if you’re looking to improve your own moves on the dance floor.
When walking outdoors is not an option, doing laps inside your local shopping mall is a good alternative. Since you may be there for holiday shopping anyways, you might as well use it to burn some calories!
While workout DVDs are helpful, you don’t need one. YouTube and other websites have plenty of workouts you can do at your house with minimal to no equipment. Browse online to see if you can find anything that appeals to you.
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