When temperatures plummet, it's tempting to position yourself firmly on the couch until the crocuses emerge in early spring. But you shouldn't let cold weather get in the way of your exercise routine, and you don't have to.
Rather than using winter weather as an excuse, take it as an opportunity to be more creative about how you approach getting your daily dose of physical activity.
Here are some ideas to help continue working on your fitness goals indoors:
If you haven't been exercising regularly, increase your amount of physical activity in small increments. Even increasing your exercise by a a few minutes a day can make a difference in your health.
Of course, before you start a regular exercise routine, you should consult with your doctor to see if there's any reason why you should not be physically active.
Winter can limit you to indoor activities, because of wet, slippery or icy surfaces. If you fall and injure yourself, you quickly lose any benefit from the exercise.
Rather than using winter weather as an excuse ... take it as an opportunity to be more creative about how you approach getting your daily dose of physical activity.
There are safety concerns indoors, too. Stop exercise and contact your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
Although it might be a little harder to push yourself during the winter, working out is likely to bring dividends in the spring.
If you keep up your physical activity in the winter, you're more likely to have the health and mobility to really enjoy the warmer weather when it returns.
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