9 Tips to Stay Active During the Winter Months

9 tips to stay active during the winter months...

When it gets cold outside, you spend more time indoors doing sedentary activities, and ‎it can be challenging to stay active. It is worthwhile to plan some time in your schedule a ‎few days a week and ensure that you get the necessary activity.‎

To get health benefits from exercise, adults need to exercise for a total of 2.5 hours a ‎week - each exercise for ten minutes or more. These activities need to be moderate to ‎an intense aerobic workout. Moderate low physical activity includes cycling or brisk ‎walking. Generally, if you sweat less and breathe more than you move every day - your ‎exercise intensity will be moderate. High-intensity activities include jogging or cross-‎country skiing, and you will probably feel sweaty and short of breath.‎

Tips To Help You Keep Motivated & Stay Active in The Winter Months

‎Here are some ways to stay active in cold months:

1.‎ PLAN AND PREPARE ACTIVITIES

If activities appear on your calendar, you ‎probably will not forget them. Being prepared also helps to develop good habits.‎

2.‎ LOOK FOR ENJOYABLE LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Such as skiing, skating, snowshoeing, or ‎cross-country skiing.‎

3.‎ USE YOUR DAYLIGHT HOURS

It is soother to stay outside when it is still light out. It's ‎easy to miss activities if you start them late in the day.‎

4.‎ DRESS IN LAYERS 

Insulate your body. If you can keep your body warm, it will be ‎easier to stay active outside.‎

5.‎ LOOK FOR INDOOR ACTIVITIES

Look for indoor activities in the local community center. It may be an aerobics ‎class, basketball, badminton, or yoga class.‎

6.‎ VISIT A LIBRARY FOR MORE MOTIVATION

Many free exercise DVDs you ‎can borrow, including dance, walking, aerobics, and Pilates. You can use the ‎due date as a deadline to pick up another!‎

7.‎ CLIMB STAIRS

Deliberately add more steps to your day. Consider going up and ‎down more than once in your home, mall, or office building during your normal ‎daily activities. Just five minutes can make a big difference in your health.‎

8.‎ TAKE A FUN RUN

You can often not find competitive "fun tracks" in your ‎community that is usually between 5 and 10 kilometers. You can invite friends ‎and family to join!‎

9.‎ FIND AN ACTIVITY PARTNER

Find someone willing to be active as often as you and ‎come up with a plan. They can meet for morning walks or afternoon workouts. ‎Having a friend will make you accountable.‎

The Takeaway

To help set activity goals based on your specific musculoskeletal needs, you ‎can always consult your chiropractor about activities that are best for you.‎

No matter what activity level you are at, remember to stay hydrated. It's easy to forget to ‎drink water when the weather is cold, but your body needs just as much hydration in a ‎snowstorm as in a heatwave. ‎

Above all, stay motivated. Reconsider your goals (or find tips for setting new goals) to ‎make sure you're still on the right track. Plan and make sure you can visualize your ‎goal while looking at the finish line. ‎

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