If you’re anything like me, you want to go into hibernation from November through March, at a minimum. That’s not socially acceptable or physically healthy, though. Now that we’re in the middle of winter, it’s time we all take a step back to think about if we’re doing enough to stay in shape. While the golfing and outdoors-loving part of me may despise the winter, it’s not all bad … trust me. If you’re looking for ways to stay in shape during the winter months (besides going to the gym), take a look at some of my tips below!
Seriously. It may not sound like a good idea, but it’s not as bad as you may think if you prepare the right way. The key is to keeping warm without sweating so much you get a chill. It may take a few trial runs to find the right balance of clothing. A good rule of thumb is to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer outside than it actually is. Wear a pair of shoes with the least amount of mesh. Get your blood flowing before you head out by doing jumping jacks or running up and down the stairs a few times. If it’s windy outside, start your run into the wind so you can finish the run with the wind at your back; you don’t want to run into the wind after you’ve broken a sweat. As soon as you return from your run, change your clothes to avoid getting the chills.
Take Up a Winter Sport
Growing up, one of my favorite parts of the winter was playing pond hockey. If there’s another sport you’re interested in trying, such as skiing or snowboarding, go for it. Once you get the hang of it, you won’t even realize you’re getting a workout in because you’ll enjoy what you’re doing. To stay warm, follow the tips from the section about running outdoors.
Shovel Your Driveway
As a kid who was known for going around shoveling driveways during the winter to make money, I debated on whether or not to offer this as a tip. After all, this is a blog on staying active during the winter months, and I recall how beat I was after shoveling a couple of driveways. It really is a good workout. If you have back problems, I’d recommend shelling out some cash to the neighborhood kid to save yourself. If not, don’t be lazy. Shovel your driveway and reap the physical rewards.
Relive Your Childhood
Do you have kids, little cousins or nieces and nephews? If so, take them out and relive your childhood through them. Go sledding, build a snowman or have a snowball fight. These are all ways to burn a few extra calories. The best part about each of these is that they’re all fun. You won’t regret it – trust me.
Clean Your Home
No, this isn’t an outdoor activity. However, it’s still a way to get a good workout in. I’m not talking about the regular week-to-week cleaning you do, either. While that can still equate to a good workout, I’m talking about really cleaning your home. Clean all the nooks and crannies you can find. Do all the laundry and clean all the dishes. You’ll soon find out that you’re running up and down and all around. The best part about this is that you don’t even have to deal with the weather to burn some calories.
Just to reiterate my feelings – no, I’m not a fan of the winter. However, it’s really not that bad if you learn to make the most of it. Don’t go into hibernation for five or six months and avoid physical activity; you’ll regret it in the long run. Instead, follow the tips I provided and use the winter months to your advantage.
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