How To Stay Active In The Wintertime
In the wintertime, the gym can be crowded and, for some, intimidating. Many people feel lost when it comes to staying active in the wintertime. Winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, and ice hockey can be costly and difficult. However, with a little creativity and a love for movement, anyone can stay active in the wintertime by doing the following activities.
Playing In The Snow
This may sound childish, but hear us out! Bundling up and going outside can be really fun, if the temperature permits. Trudging up hills to go sledding or building a snowman can give you a great workout without you even realizing it. Ice doesn’t usually form on grass, so it is safe to walk, play, or run around on a field of snow. Even just shoveling snow will keep you safe when leaving the house in your vehicle and you will burn quite a few calories at the same time.
Sports complexes are another option to stay active in the wintertime. There are many team and individual sports programs that are offered in the colder months. Competition levels can range all the way from recreational to expert. Pick up games of basketball, floor hockey, racquetball, and other sports are a great way to get moving. If you belong to a gym, there are often a number of classes offered to members such as aerobics, zumba, or yoga as well.
In the winter, there are dozens of places to go ice skating, whether you want to bundle up and find an outdoor location or settle for an indoor rink. Ice skating is a great aerobic and social workout for people of all ages. It will also help with balance and coordination.
Find a place near home to volunteer that enables you to be physically active while doing a good deed for those in need. Volunteering at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter is not only rewarding, but can offer some health benefits as well. Another option is participating in a toy drive or children’s center. Find volunteering opportunities near you here.
Utilizing The Stairs
Walking or running up and down the stairs in your home or apartment building is a great cardio and leg workout that you can do by yourself or with the whole family. Try running up one floor and then walking up the next. Intervals will keep your heart rate up and you will get a great workout. If you’re feeling really active, try taking two steps at a time or sprinting.
Cleaning Your Home
This may not sound like the ideal activity, but if you are stuck inside, you may as well kill two birds with one stone. Try doing active housework such as sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming. Cleaning your house and burning a few calories at the same time will make you feel great about yourself.
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Winter doesn't have to be a season of sedentary and weight gain! This year, use these tips to stay moving no matter what the temperature is. Don’t forget to download the OnMyFeet app in Google Play or the Apple Store! Do you have any further comments on this blog post? Don’t be afraid to contact us, we’re listening!