As the chilly weather sets in, working out can be a challenge when a cozy couch is calling your name. It’s normal to feel a lack of motivation about maintaining your physical fitness during winter. However, there are plenty of things you can do to stay active and even improve your fitness level throughout the colder months. Here are five ways you can make your physical health a priority.
1. Get Your Steps in at Work
Indoor hallways can be the perfect place to get your blood pumping. If possible, take a break to do a few walking laps around your building. If you ride an elevator, try taking the stairs. Start small with a few floors at a time.
2. Do a Workout Video at Home
If you love spending time in your home during the winter months, do a workout in front of your TV. Try online or DVD exercise classes like gentle yoga, pilates, HIIT, or circuit training. You can also check out YouTube for ideas, as many fitness brands post full workout videos there.
3. Join a Gym
Joining a local gym can help you find a sense of community and motivation to work out. You may even be able to find a fitness center with a sauna or warm yoga classes—a relaxing and rewarding way to unwind on a chilly day.
4. Take a Stroll Outside
Bundle up and take a walk outside in the fresh air. To protect yourself from the elements, learn the facts about working out in cold weather. If you have asthma, find out how you can prevent asthma attacks as winter can make the condition worse.
5. Spruce Up Your House
No need to save the cleaning for the spring. Vacuuming, sweeping, and doing other chores to tidy up your home can help you stay active. Put on some holiday music and get moving, cleaning, and grooving.
Test out different ways to stay active during the colder months to find out what works for you. If you have any questions regarding your health or fitness, schedule an appointment with your Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group primary care physician.
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