Ways to Keep Active During the Winter

For much of the country, winter means colder weather. It’s easy to hibernate, binge on movies (and comfort food), and watch the snow from the comfort of your couch. But it’s important to keep active during the winter months. Lack of activity could lead to much more than the winter blues. The trick is to get up, get active and keep moving. That can encompass a wide range of activities. Here are just a few:

  • Partake in outdoor winter sports such as skiing (downhill or cross-country), ice-skating, hiking, snowshoeing. (Make sure you’re properly dressed and equipped.)
  • Walk the mall. Mall walkers used to be few and far between, but many people soon realized it’s like having an indoor track with the added bonus of shopping. Great people-watching too.
  • Exercise at home. If you have stairs in your home, climb them for a good cardio and weight-bearing workout. If you have weights, come up with a weight-lifting program. You can also do yoga or get an exercise bike.
  • Take a fitness, Pilates, or yoga class. Some people benefit from working out with others. Adhering to a class schedule is a good way to help create a structured exercise routine. It’s also a great way to meet new people.
  • Join a gym or a health club. Sometimes knowing that you’re paying for a service is a strong motivator to get you out of the house to take advantage of that service.
  • Find an indoor pool. Some schools and community centers have indoor pools with special hours for lane swimming or water aerobics.
  • Walk the dog. Walking Rover or Fido is another smart way to ensure you get out of the house.
  • Act like a kid. Whether or not you have kids of your own, why not build a snowman, make snow angels or even have a friendly snowball fight.

Whatever you choose, keeping active in the winter will also have you in good shape when spring arrives and the weather breaks. And be sure to pay attention to what you’re eating. Inspired Organics offers an array of organic foods to help you eat better and make winter more appetizing.