It can be difficult to stay active when it gets cold outside.
It’s helpful to plan ahead and set some time aside in your schedule a few days a week to make sure you’re getting the activity you need.
To have health benefits from exercise, adults need a total of 2.5 hours of activity spread across the week, in bouts of ten minutes or more.
These activities need to be moderate-to-vigorous intensity aerobic activities.
Here are a few tips to help keep you motivated to stay active during the winter months:
1. Plan activities ahead.
When activities are in your calendar, you’re less likely to forget them.
Preparedness also helps set good habits.
2. Find a fun local activity
Some examples are snow shoeing, skiing, skating, or cross-country skiing.
3. Dress in layers.
Insulate your body. When you can keep your body warm, it’s easier to continue being active outside.
4. Use your daylight hours.
It’s easier to stay outside while it’s still light out.
It’s easy to miss out on activities when you start them too late in the day.
5. Find virtual indoor activities in your local community.
This could be aerobics, dance or yoga classes.
6. Climb stairs.
Deliberately add more steps to your day over the course of your regular daily activities.
As little as 5 minutes can make a huge difference for your health.
7. Find an activity buddy in your social circle.
Find someone willing to commit to being active as often as you are, and set a plan.
Having a work out buddy keeps you accountable.
For help on setting activity goals based on your specific musculoskeletal needs, you can always ask your chiropractor about what activities are right for you.
Whatever your activity level is, remember to stay hydrated.
It is easy to forget to drink water when it’s cold out, but your body needs just as much hydration in a snowstorm as it does in a heatwave.
Most importantly, stay motivated. Revisit your goals (or look for tips to set new ones) to make sure you’re still on track. Plan ahead and make sure you can envision your goal as you look ahead towards the finish line.
Here’s to staying active in the new year!
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