Five Ways to Stay Active During the Winter

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January 26, 2022 | Tags: Wellness

While it may be tempting to spend the winter on your couch under a ton of blankets, it’s still important that you stay physically active. Regular exercise has proven to improve your mood, health and will keep your mind sharp*. Whether it be inside or outside, there are plenty of ways to get moving during these winter months.

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Go for a nature walk

Weather permitting, bundle up and go for a walk or run in a nature park near you. Exploring the outdoors helps reduce stress levels and is a great way to get out of the house.

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Try a winter sport

There are many outdoor activities/sports that you can do during the winter. You can hit the slopes and go skiing, go ice skating or even try snowshoeing. Ask a friend and see if they would be interested in doing any of these activities with you.

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Take up yoga

Yoga is a great way of improving your balance, muscle strength and mental well-being. It can also help to ease joint pain that comes along with the colder weather. Yoga can be done in the comfort of your own home or you can sign up for a local class near you.

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Do some chores

Even the smallest chore can get you moving. Things like vacuuming, sweeping and cleaning are all activities that get you up and active. You will also be able to cross some items off your to-do list.

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Create a home gym

Purchase some practical and easy-to-use exercise equipment like resistance bands and weights. Having a home gym allows you to exercise anytime you want and from the comfort of your own home. It can also save you money if you do not want to purchase a gym membership.

Please Note: Always check with your physician before starting a new exercise routine.

*CDC: Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity