Winterize Your Workout
Having trouble staying active in the winter? These tips will help.
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Move your workout indoors. You can get a complete workout in the comfort of your own home.
Use exercise apps or videos. If you’re looking or more structure or guidance in bringing your workout indoors, these can be helpful.
Join a gym. You can find a variety of machines, weights, classes, and in some cases even have access to personal trainers.
Look for classes in your community. If you don’t want the commitment or expense of a gym membership, you may be able to find classes at community colleges, local schools or rec centers.
Participate in winter activities. Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating and hockey are all great ideas. Even playing with your kids, pulling them in a sled and shoveling snow can count as exercise!
Find an indoor sports league or dance group. Common indoor sports leagues include soccer, basketball and ice hockey. Check local dance studios for leads on groups in your area.
If you’re committed to keeping your workout outdoors, keep these tips in mind.
Dress appropriately. Be sure to layer clothing so that you can remove layers if you find yourself becoming warm. Protect vulnerable areas such as ears, face and hands.
Watch the weather and conditions. Avoid working out when the weather is bad or if it is very icy.
Be careful when it is dark out. In the warmer months, drivers expect to see people outside, but during the winter they may not. Watch for vehicles and avoid exercising too early or too late when visibility is poor.
Keep track of how you’re feeling. Don’t push yourself to do too much—you may be quicker to tire as your body will work harder to compensate for the cold.
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