Tips for Staying Active During the Winter Months

February 10, 2016

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Beat Those Winter Blues!   Tips for staying active and off the couch during the cold winter months
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Beat Those Winter Blues! Tips for Staying Active During the Winter

As temperatures start to cool down you may find yourself staying indoors and neglecting being physically active. Curling up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate does sound tempting, but there are many benefits to keeping yourself active throughout the winter. Do not think of it as an extra chore to fit some exercise in. There are a lot of creative ways to stay active during these next few cold months!

Shopping as your cardio

The holidays are approaching, which means frequent trips to the mall. Try to get there earlier and do a few laps around the mall before stores open. Choose to take the stairs to different floors instead of escalators when possible.

Clean the house

Get a jump-start on spring-cleaning! Mop the floors, organize the kitchen, and clean out old clothes. Any cleaning that needs to be done around the house is a good way to keep you from sitting in front of the TV.

Be active during commercials

You are bound to find yourself sitting on the couch and watching TV. Use this to your advantage! During the commercials perform jumping jacks, squats, push-ups, crunches, or high knees.

Play outside

There are many outdoor activities to do during the winter that are fun and calorie burning! Find a big hill to take the kids sledding. Walking up the hill is sure to get your heart rate up!

Group Fitness

This is the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself! Group fitness classes are great for overall fitness. You will sweat, get your heart rate up and feel better than ever.

 

Staying active in the winter will help beat those winter blues! Regular exercise will improve your mood, increase your energy level and help you sleep better at night.  Be creative with physical activity during the winter months. It does not have to take away from working, or family/social life. 

The best thing about winter is that there are many snow days for you to get the whole family involved in a fun and active adventure!

 

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