Last month we shared several ways to stay cheerful during the winter months, including spending time outdoors and a maintaining a regular exercise routine. As the temperature drops, it’s easy to use the colder weather as an excuse to stay inside under a blanket on the couch. While there’s certainly a place for rest and relaxation in a healthy lifestyle, regular physical activity releases endorphins and gives us a renewed energy, both of which contribute to a happier mood.
Here are some workout suggestions to keep your body warm and your spirits high this winter:
Make the living room your personal gym – Save money on a gym membership by purchasing a few items to have at home. Dumbbells, kettlebells, a stability ball, and a jump rope are all easy-to-use items, and can be stored in a hallway closet or even under your bed! In addition, there are many online workouts you can follow from the convenience of your living room. Just be sure to pay close attention to proper form when trying new exercises to avoid injury. GaiamTV.com is a useful fitness resource and your first ten days are free!
Bundle up and head outdoors – Wearing the proper winter weather workout gear makes it possible to keep up with your favorite outdoor fitness activities in the colder months. Breathing the fresh air is good for your spirits, and the dose of Vitamin D will keep your immune system strong. Try a 45-minute walk, or pick up the pace for a 30-minute run. You’ll warm up in no time! Remember to stay hydrated even if you don’t have the same thirst cues from the summertime.
Practice yoga anytime, anywhere – One of the many benefits of a yoga practice is that you can tailor the exercise to your personal needs and circumstances. From ten minutes of stretching to a 90-minute power flow, you’ll benefit from scheduling some time to slow down and focus on your breath. In addition to being a physical exercise, yoga is part of a self-care regimen and allows you to manage stress. Yoga Download is a great source for beginners and advanced yogis as well. For any moms-to-be, here’s a video on yoga during pregnancy.
Traveling this season? Take advantage of the hotel fitness center, or lace up your sneakers and walk to your destinations. Walking is the best way to explore a new city, and the perfect excuse to stop at a local coffee shop for a cup of hot tea.
As always, take care of your nutrition needs with foods to fuel your workout and foods to refuel within an hour of physical activity.
What are your favorite ways to work out during the winter?