Our region has reached extremely low temperatures this past week. It's understandable how many would want to stay inside, snuggled up on the couch. Don't let the cold snap get you down, you need regular physical activity to release endorphins, boost your immunity and keep your metabolism humming along. Keep your body warm and your spirits up this winter with a few of these winter workout activities.
If you are going to stay indoors, take advantage of your gym membership and make a commitment to get there 3 to 4 times a week. Take a no-excuse approach by packing your gym bag the night before or schedule a workout date with a friend to help hold you accountable. No gym membership? Try some online workouts that you can follow in the convenience of your own living room. Clear a space and burn some serious calories with apps like "Workouts", "Gorilla Workouts" or even YouTube exercise videos.
With a slight warm up headed our way, bundle up and head outside for some winter fun. Try a few of these activities like snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, snowboarding, downhill or cross-country skiing to burn between 400 to 500 calories per hour. Try a brisk walk or run and you'll warm up in no time! Remember to wear fabrics that will wick away moisture from your body, to prevent hypothermia. Getting active this winter is a great way to help you "Feel Better and Live Longer!".
Jody Anderson, RN, CHC, AADP
Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor
Succeed Health, LLC