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Five Ways to Keep Healthy this Winter

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It’s cold outside, and everything is covered in a beautiful white blanket of snow. You could take the cue from our bear friends and choose to hibernate most of the winter, or—you can cultivate some winter activities that you can enjoy. The bonus is that you will make feel fit and healthy.

Get out and embrace nature in winter!

Head Outdoors

The activities that winter brings such as skating, snow shoeing, hiking and skiing are only around for a short period of time. Simple things like building a snowman, sledding or laying in the snow and making a snow angel can be fun and memorable times with your loved ones. So why not get outside and embrace the winter, even to go for a nice late evening walk? Sneaking as little as 10 minutes of walking into your day can have a great effect on your energy and mood.

Workout Inside

There are many winter days where the roads and sidewalks are icy and dangerous, or when a winter storm is hitting your area when you will want to work out inside.  There are many exercises you can do such as sit-ups, push-ups and squats that don’t require any equipment at all. If you own a treadmill or simply hand-weights or a fitness ball you can add these to your home fitness regime.

Join a Group Class

Fitness with others is a great motivator. Consider joining a gym that gives you unlimited access to equipment or sign up for a specific class such as weight training, aqua fit or yoga. When you’re committed to a routine with others, you’re less likely to miss a workout.

Get a Digital Assistant

If you don’t have a workout buddy, don’t worry, you can always download a digital fitness coach, or wear a fitness tracker such as the Fit Bit. A fitness tracker will count your daily steps, monitor your heart rate and even rate the quality of your sleep. Many downloadable apps can take you through guided workouts. If you have a voice-activated home assistant such as Amazon’s Alexa, or Google Home, you can access a 24-hr personal trainer.

Set Realistic Goals

Whatever activity you choose, make sure you introduce it gradually so that you don’t get too overwhelmed and burn out too quickly. Start small and work your way up to longer and more strenuous workouts.

Think of exercise as a celebration of what you can do,  not a punishment for what you ate.

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