As the days become shorter and temperatures drop, many of us find it increasingly challenging to stay fit during the fall and winter. Gone are the long, sunlit evenings for a perfect jog or the warm mornings for an outdoor yoga session.
But just because winter is on the horizon doesn’t mean we should go into fitness hibernation. We are estimated to add 5-10 pounds of weight during winter, and our mental health can decline.
How to maintain your fitness routine during colder days.
I know, I know, when it gets cold, you might be thinking, “No way am I going outside!” I am one of those people who would rather curl up with a blanket, my dog, and a cup of tea. However, the cold benefits our health, and it can be fun if we give it a chance.
Head out in the mornings for a brisk walk as the fresh, crisp morning air makes you feel alive and awake. Maybe jogging or running is more your speed as you feel the cool breeze go through you.
What about those leaves piling up in your yard? It might sound like a chore, but it’s a great way to increase your heart rate and burn some calories.
When the snow starts to fall, grab some shovels and your family and make it a game to see who can clear the most snow. Both activities are great mini-workout sessions. Winter months bring fun activities such as ice skating, sledding, cross-country skiing, and more.
Each workout session allows you to be out in the sun, soaking up Vitamin D.
But how do we stay warm?
Proper attire is essential to outdoor activities during those chilly days.
Make sure you layer the closest layer to your skin with a moisture-wicking material such as polyester. The second layer should be wool or polyester fleece. And the last layer is a wind and rain-repellent material. If wind, rain, or snow is not present, it is suggested to remove the third layer when exercising to keep the sweat from being trapped.
Don’t forget a winter hat and gloves. If you are hiking, running, or walking, make sure to have the right shoe as well. The Cleveland Clinic and the American Heart Association are great resources with informative articles about the type of clothing to be worn.
Finding a retail store like Second Sole can help customize your clothing and fit the right shoe for outdoor activities.
Remember, every season offers a unique opportunity to explore new activities and routines. Winter is no exception. Embrace the change, stay active, and you’ll feel healthier and happier.
Comment below your favorite activities to stay fit on the shorter and chillier days.
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