Don’t let chilly, dark days dampen your fitness goals.
Your body needs year-round exercise, so start booking activities on your calendar every week. Try something new and have fun:
- Pool classes provide a perfect warm-up plus excellent exercise routines, including lap swimming, shallow or deep-water muscle workouts, and yoga routines for improved flexibility, strength and vitality.
- Indoors? You can’t beat the convenience of at-home exercise to save time, money and fuss — and you’re more likely to stick with it. Get a floor mat for core exercises and yoga. Try tai chi workouts. Include strength-training options. Add some music.
- Outdoors? Cold weather can pose risks, including darkness, frostbite and icy pavement, but exercisers can usually avoid trouble: Check the forecast. Warm up first indoors. Cover your head and hands and bundle up in windproof, layered clothing to combat wind chill. Use reflective tape for visibility.
- Partner up. Walk your dog, play soccer or ice skate with the kids. Or, ride a bike when the sun shines. Or, try snowshoeing, Nordic skiing or enjoy an invigorating jog.
Added benefit: Winter exercise boosts your immunity during cold and flu season. Just a few minutes a day can help prevent simple bacterial and viral infections, according to the CDC.