Maintaining a year-long physical fitness regime can be challenging enough – throw in chilly temperatures and snow and it can be down-right hard to stay motivated during the winter months. While you may not be able to maintain your warm-weather physical activities, there are lots of other ways to get your heart rate up during the winter. Check out this list of tips from WebMD. Some of the tips include,

Indoor activities

  • “Get some hand weights or stretch bands to use at home for resistance exercise. You can get fit while you watch your favorite TV show or listen to music. Try doing a little more each week. Use cans of food if you don’t want to buy weights.”
  • “Take the stairs and fit in walk breaks whenever you can. This will give you extra activity, even on a busy day.”
  • “Do active housework like sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, doing laundry, or washing the windows. You can stay active while you keep your home looking good.”

Outdoor activities

  • “Bundle up, and take the dog for a walk. This can help you make walks part of your daily routine.”
  • “Try a new winter activity like skating, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing. When you do outdoor activities in less populated areas, be sure to plan ahead. Let people know where you will be, and take the right gear for the conditions.”

For other great ideas to stay active, check out our previous blog posts on exercising at work and senior health and fitness.

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