5 Ways to Stay Active This Winter
During wintertime, it can be tempting to hole up in the house where it’s cozy and warm. While snuggling into a comfy chair or a warm bed with a blanket is a fun winter activity (especially if you’ve got the fireplace on!), you also need to do a bit of moving around during winter.
Wintertime, just like any other season, requires us to move our bodies if we want to stay healthy. We need to get our heart pumping each day, and we need to make sure our muscles are getting exercise. But during winter, it can be challenging to find ways to do this when it’s extra cold outside.
We’ve got a few ideas for you, so we’ve put together five great ways to stay active this winter and we think you’ll love them. It can be fun to take on a different activity each day!
1. Go for a Walk or Hike
During winter, consider getting out and going for a walk or hike, even if it is chilly outdoors. Bundle yourself up with warm clothes, and even throw on a hat, scarf, and gloves if you must. Put on some comfy shoes or snow boots if that’s what’s required, and get yourself out into the beautiful, crisp winter air.
Depending on where you live, you might not be able to walk or hike for a long time, due to harsh weather conditions. But even stepping out for a little while will put fresh air into your lungs and get your blood pumping.
2. Take an Exercise Class
If there’s an exercise class you’ve been wanting to take, winter can be the perfect time to do it. Even when it’s super cold outside, it’ll probably be toasty inside the building where you will be taking your class.
Think about taking a yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, spinning, or other type of exercise class that will make you sweat and give your body a great workout.
3. Head to the Gym
Do you have a gym located near where you live or work? When the weather reaches extreme cold temperatures outdoors, you can head inside into the gym. Gyms typically have exercise classes that you can take, and they also usually have a good selection of machines that can work your muscles and keep you fit.
You don’t have to go to the gym every day, unless, of course, you want to. Maybe plan a weekly visit, and then stay active on the other days with the winter exercise tips we outline in this article.
4. Explore Museums and Indoor Attractions
Don’t like the idea of a traditional exercise environment? Well, you can still get a workout when it’s frigid and frosty outside. Just spend an hour or more of your time exploring museums or indoor attractions in your city.
If you’re really interested in what you’re viewing at these destinations, and you know you’ll be walking slowly, then you’re going to have to do a few hours of walking to get an adequate amount of exercise for the day. If you can, walk quickly wherever you are; this way, you may only have to put in 30 minutes of movement to get your body going.
5. Park Far Away From Your Destination and Walk
Wintertime is time for holidays, which means many people will be out and about, shopping. If you’re hitting the malls, grocery stores, or other stores a lot during the winter, then try to park far away from where you’re going and walk the rest of the way to your destination.
All the little jaunts to buy gifts, holiday food, and other essentials can be put to your advantage. Also, when you’re walking around running errands this winter, opt for stairs over elevators and escalators whenever you can. You’ll give your legs, heart, and lungs a great workout!
These are just a few ways to stay active during the winter, and we’re sure you can think of several more. Just remember to try and get at least 20 minutes of activity into your day where you can physically feel your limbs, heart, and lungs being challenged! Good luck!