Staying Active During Cold Weather

Looking for ways to get activity and stay warm?

This time of year, even the most active of people can find it difficult to brave the elements of the cold outdoors to get in their daily exercise.  

However, there are ways to continue to stay active during these chilly, winter Midwest months. Read on!

  • The best part of winter (as long as it's not too cold!) is the ability to experiment with something NEW and fun for you and your family. Sledding, snowball fights and snowman-building can be a great way to bond with your family and loved ones, and get a heart-pounding workout at the same time. Maybe you haven't tried skiing in a few years or ever? Start on the bunny hills, get yourself an instructor, or get back to a sport you once loved with gusto! But be sure to dress warmly in layers, covering bare skin if you will be outdoors for a while.
  • With the holiday season upon us, this is a great time to get some indoor walking in at your local mall. Most malls open their outer doors early for this express purpose: to let walkers do their thing! This is a great way to window shop for the holidays, and bring a walking partner to catch up with a healthy visit.
  • If you are available during the day, your local community center may be a great place to start. Most offer dance and/or exercise classes for free or for a small fee. It's also a great way to meet some like-minded individuals and new friends.
  • This may also be a great time to join or re-join your local gym, fitness center, or YMCA. The possibilities are endless at these locations. Strength-training, walking tracks, indoor pools, treadmills, ellipticals, and fitness classes are all inside and WARM. Many fitness centers and gyms may have a "winter only" joining option to save you some on your investment.
  • More of a homebody? Put together a home gym for yourself! Many big box stores like Target and Wal-Mart carry inexpensive equipment like yoga mats, resistance bands, hand weights, and Blu-Ray and DVD workouts for you to keep yourself fit at home. Other larger sporting goods stores will carry treadmills, ellipticals, and other resistance machines if you are looking to spend more on your investment in staying fit at home.

Some other points to remember:

  • Don't let a lack of time be an excuse. Often times, we think we don't have the time to workout when the weather gets cold. It's dark earlier, but it doesn't mean we have to shut down as soon as we get home from work. Even 10-20 minutes of activity can be beneficial 4-5 times per week. The important thing is that you commit to yourself and get it done.
  • Along these same lines, schedule your workout in each day/session on your planner or calendar. Fitness and exercise is often the first to drop off our list when we get busy and stressed. 
  • Again, due to this, fitness is very important for WHEN we get stressed and busy. The benefits of exercise far outweigh the negatives here: lower resting heart rate, lower blood pressure, lower stress, better sleep quality, better mood, and higher likelihood to make healthier choices when it comes to food.

Here at Weight Management at The Group, we support all of our patients in commiting to and maintaining a healthy relationship with fitness, food, and fulfillment. Come and visit us any Wednesday at 5:30pm for a free informational session on our programs, or give us a call today!

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