Baby It’s Cold Outside: Tips for Staying Active During Winter Months

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Staying active in the winter months

The winter months and the holiday season can bring a lack of motivation to exercise when it’s darker and colder outside. Be encouraged to discover what works best for you so that physical activity can be a part of your daily routine, even you are in stuck indoors.

Try these tips to keep moving more this winter:

  • Be resourceful – Don’t feel discouraged if you lack fancy equipment at home, just use what you already own to compliment your exercises. Stretching is a great way to warm up your muscles and improve flexibility and you can modify stretches by using your bed or a chair. These modifications work great, especially if you don’t own a yoga mat or you aren’t yet comfortable stretching on the floor. There are several muscle strengthening exercises that can be used if you have light dumbbells (3 or 5 pounds), but if you don’t, water bottles or cans of food also work well.
  • Walk indoors – Take advantage of convenient and spacious buildings to get your walking done when it is too cold to walk outside. Even if you don’t belong to a gym, you can walk laps inside your local mall, favorite grocery store or department store, your workplace building, or a local library. Be sure to add stairs into your walk when you can!
  • Try something different – Last year I decided to try yoga, but I wasn’t sure where to begin after purchasing my yoga mat. I searched for videos online until I found a great Youtube channel that provided countless easy-to-follow yoga lessons. Since then, I’ve found 15-minute full body workout videos and I’ve also started using a resistance band. I enjoy having a variety of exercises to choose from when I need to workout at home.
  • Build your activity bank – I always have a plan (my activity bank) for physical activity so that I can cancel all excuses when it is too hot, too cold, raining, or if I’m away from home for several days. This is simply a list of activities or exercises that I am comfortable doing, regardless of the weather or the equipment I have on hand.

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2 thoughts on “Baby It’s Cold Outside: Tips for Staying Active During Winter Months

  1. I will use these methods to stay on track and lose more weight.
    “I am cancelling all excuses” when it comes to my physical activity.
    thank you soooo much for these blogs.

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