Staying active is difficult enough; staying active in the cold winter months is a whole different story.
The warm sun and brisk air make the outdoors an inviting place to be in the Spring, Summer, and Fall; however, once frigid temperatures and piles of heavy snow begin to set in, sinking into the couch with a blanket almost always sounds like the better option. While there should always be room for relaxation, we sometimes take this too far in the Winter. Below are some ways to stay active in the cold weather and avoid the Winter blues:
1.) Join a gym: do some research and find a gym that is right for you. Depending on your goals, you can join to use the facility’s equipment or you can be set up with a trainer. Make sure you find a trainer you are comfortable working with and who is willing and able to help you reach your goals.
2.) In-home workouts: when a winter storm hits, it is sometimes tough to get into your car and make it to the gym. In these instances, do some research online to find some in-home workouts to do in your basement/living room/office/etc. There are thousands of body weight or minimal equipment workouts available online - find one that is right for you!
3.) Take up outdoor activities that you can only do in the Winter such snow shoeing, skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, etc.
4.) Take up indoor activities/ join a sports club (i.e. racquet ball, basketball, volleyball, etc.)
5.) Shovel the snow outside/ clean off your or your neighbors car.
6.) Go shopping and/or walk the mall with a friend.
7.) Be mindful of your activity level throughout the day - take the stairs, park far away, get up every half hour or so to walk around.
With all of these, make sure you consult with your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine and/or beginning a new activity. If you have a heart condition, outdoor activities in the cold may not be the best option for you.
Stay warm and stay active!
Stephanie Spoto, CSCS