This winter don’t hibernate.... stay active!

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Posted by alegendre on 2013-01-3 12:03

We live in a place where it tends to get really cold during the winter months, and it can sometimes make being active seem less attractive. And before you know it, reasons to abandon your workout routine are knocking at the door. This can be especially true if you tend to do a lot of outdoor exercises. Nonetheless, the physical and mental health advantages of exercising are much too important to be put on hold during the winter months, so it is key that you remain active.

There are many ways to continue your exercise routine during the colder months. Here are some ideas to battle the cold weather excuses:

  1. Embrace the winter: Winter isn't just about cold weather! You can continue to exercise outside in the winter and get a great workout too. Whether it is running, walking, skiing, snowshoeing, or skating, winter sports can take you to places you have never been before and provide a great workout. Having the appropriate equipment and clothing for various outdoor winter activities will make your experience much more memorable.
  2. Get out and play: If it seems you can’t gather enough energy to work out this time of year, try playing instead. The best part about playing is that it doesn't feel like working out, but you can still get your heart rate up and work different muscle groups. Having a snowball fight, making snow angels, building a snowman, or going sledding can take you many years back and be a blast, while giving your heart a workout..   
  3. Try something new: If winter and the cold weather is really not your thing, try getting active inside instead. This could mean something as simple as mall walking or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. This is also the perfect time of the year to try the new class or join that indoor sports league you’ve been wanting to try for so long. Whether it is an aqua jogging, stretch, dance, hot yoga, spinning, or boot camp class, indoor soccer or basketball, the choices are endless these days. Trying something new is a fantastic way to stay active during the winter. You might even learn new skills and activities that may become one of your favourites, meet new people and make new friends.

 

Remember to Stay hydrated:  Even though it is cold outside, you will still get your heart moving and will lose fluid through sweat during your workout. The cold air also has a drying effect, which will increase your risk of dehydration. Make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after you are active. 

As for myself, when we decided to move to Canada after being exiled for more than 15 years in Texas, I knew the only way I was going survive was to make sure that my Texan husband (who had never lived through a snowy winter in his life) and I embrace the winter. So we did! On the second day here, we bought his first pair of skates and put him on the ice. Luckily for me he loves to try new things and loves to be outside! Skating has since become an activity we can all enjoy with the entire family. And hot chocolate has never tasted better than the one after 2 hours of skating outside!

 

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