Depending on where you live, winter can be a tough season for your health and fitness.
The holiday season is already full of parties and meals that can cause you to put back on the weight you worked so hard to shed. When you add in the cold and snow, it makes maintaining a healthy lifestyle all the more difficult.
In fact, the average person gains 5 to 10 pounds during the holidays.
If this is something you struggle with, then you’re in luck. There are plenty of winter activities to indulge in that can help you stay active and fit. And if those just aren’t cutting it for you, we threw in some indoor activities to keep you healthy - and warm.
If you like to spend the bulk of your time outdoors, but the cold weather has you huddled inside, worry no more! There are a ton of outdoor winter activities that will keep you in shape, even if you’re not a fan of the popular snow sports like skiing or snowboarding.
This activity might seem obvious, but most people are less likely to take a walk in the winter. Not only is it very cold, but the presence of snow and sidewalks that haven’t been shoveled can deter many people from taking a walk.
However, walking is one of the easiest ways to exercise for almost anyone. It doesn't really require equipment and it's a great way to burn fat. The only difference in the winter is that you have to wear layers. If you’re properly dressed, you can maintain a comfortable body temperature while walking outside.
This type of low-intensity cardio can help the body become better at utilizing fat as a fuel source, so don't give it up just because it's cold outside.
It’s ok if you’re not the type who gets excited when it snows because it means you can ski or snowboard. However, there’s nothing wrong with finding a winter activity you can tolerate or even enjoy.
If you’re someone who likes hiking, then snowshoeing is the perfect winter activity to get into. Sure, you have to buy some equipment, but it's a relatively safe and inexpensive recreational activity.
If you’re not into hiking, then maybe you can find another winter activity that will pique your interest. Talk to your friends to see what they enjoy, and maybe you can tag along with them to see if you also enjoy it. One of the easiest ways to stay active in the winter is to have friends or family members to join you in your fun.
If you live in an area that gets a ton of snow, shoveling is seen as more of a chore than a form of exercise, but it really does get the blood pumping. Snow can be heavy and your burning muscles will be proof that you are indeed getting a workout. Sometimes the best workouts happen when you don’t even realize you’re working out.
If you’ve invested in a snow blower to speed things up, you can always leave it in the garage when you have some extra time. It might seem counterintuitive to use a shovel when you have something that works better, but that’s not really the point. If you want to keep off the winter weight, then you must make opportunities to work out when you can.
If you have children, you’ll have to learn to like the snow one way or another. Instead of just standing by and letting your children have all the fun, why not join in and get some exercise while you’re at it?
Sledding is 50% fun and 50% hard work. Sliding down the hill is great, but climbing all the way back up will have you huffing and puffing. If you have kids, you can be sure they’ll want your help getting back up the hill. It’s very easy to turn this into a great workout.
Ice skating might not be as strenuous as climbing hills, but it’s another great way to use the winter to your advantage and stay active. If you don’t know how to ice skate, don’t be afraid. Chances are you won’t be the only beginner on the rink.
And if there are no hills or ice rinks to be found, you can always keep your kids active by building a snowman or having a snowball fight. Who says staying active can’t be fun?
If the outdoors aren’t your thing or you want to find a balance between indoor and outdoor activities, look no further than these:
If you really don’t like the cold or don’t have any nice places to walk outdoors during the winter, walking indoors is always an option. That doesn’t mean you have to pace back and forth through your house or apartment; there are plenty of places where you can take a nice walk indoors.
Walking is great cardio regardless of where you walk. Malls, libraries, and museums are all fantastic places to increase your step count without having to brave the cold - other than the drive there. These are great ways to get errands done - in the case of the mall - or to learn something while you exercise.
A home gym doesn’t have to include a treadmill, weights, or other equipment. If you have those - great! But a home gym can just be a space where you can work out on a daily basis.
With YouTube, you can take yoga or other exercise classes right in your living room. If you do have some equipment, like a stability ball or stretch bands, you can designate a corner of a room and use that to work out.
If you live in a multi-level home, you can even use the stairs to your advantage. It might be boring to run the stairs over and over again, but it’s an effective way to stay active and in shape during the months when you’re most likely to put on extra pounds.
If YouTube isn’t cutting it for your exercise regimen, there’s nothing wrong with taking classes at a gym or other local establishment. Sometimes it really helps to work toward a goal with others and have a trainer or teacher who can give you the guidance you need to really improve your fitness.
If you still want to get out of the house but don’t fancy taking classes with others, then consider swimming. Your city likely has plenty of indoor swimming pools for you to take advantage of, and it’s one of the best ways to exercise your entire body.
Joining a gym or taking yoga classes is always an option, but dancing is something many people overlook. If you’re not much of a dancer, you can take classes. There’s something very empowering about learning to dance, whether alone or with a partner. It’s a great workout and a confidence booster when you’re at a function with a dance floor.
If you’re not interested in taking classes, you can always put on some music at home and dance like nobody’s watching. As long as you get your heart rate up, you’re doing something right.
Whether or your exercise routine includes the outdoors or you prefer to spend the bulk of your time indoors, there’s one thing you shouldn’t forget: A healthy diet. And the best way to maintain a healthy lifestyle is to feed your body the nutritious fruits, vegetables, and superfoods it craves.
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No matter how you stay active this winter, make sure to infuse your workouts with a diet that gives you the results you crave.
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