Reasons to Exercise
There are fewer daylight hours during the winter to enjoy outdoor activities. By the time you leave work, and drive home, it may be completely dark. However, you still want to find ways to exercise throughout the cold winter. Exercising is vitally important for you physically and mentally. It is a great stress reliever while also assisting in preventing weight gain. Preventing weight gain can help you avoid diabetes, heart disease and joint damage. Frequent physical activity can assist in preventing mental depression. Individuals with seasonal affective disorder feel better when they stay active. Your immune system becomes stronger due to physical activity. In addition, an individual’s self-esteem is higher when they feel good about their physical appearance. The cold brisk air can help rejuvenate you after being stuck inside all day. You will even burn extra calories during winter workouts because your body is trying to stay warm.
If you enjoy walking outdoors, then try to find a brightly lit path for a quick stroll. Find a friend to keep you company, or walk your dog. In colder weather, make sure to dress in warmer clothing including coats, hats and gloves. A warm-up stretching session before you go outside can prevent injuries. Carry a hot drink for sipping to keep you warm and hydrated. If pathways have no ice or snow, then you can also ride a bike. Alternatively, many shopping malls welcome individuals to walk inside their facilities. There are also schools that allow individuals the use of their gymnasiums for basketball and other activities. There are fun, and easy exercises for indoors too. Yoga is a great physical activity in the evening. Listening to relaxing music while doing yoga will relieve your stress. A gentle yoga workout can help you sleep soundly at night too.
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Winter is a great time to use your workout equipment. A stationary bike can be placed in a corner of a room for spinning exercise. You can watch television, listen to music, talk on the phone, or read a book while riding. A treadmill can allow you to keep running even when there is snow outside. Invest in some weight training equipment to keep your muscles strong. Choose from barbells, kettlebells and dumbbells. Small hand weights can be used while you are on the treadmill to help keep arms in shape. There are also great flexible resistance bands to build strength. Stair stepper equipment is great for your legs. If there are stairs in your home, then use those for exercising. You can also get a great workout from rowing and elliptical machines. To reduce boredom it is a good idea to use a variety of equipment and workout routines. This is also the best way to keep your entire body in its best condition.
Get outside, and shovel the snow instead of using a snowblower. You will burn calories, and get some extra exercise. Become involved in winter sports such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowboarding and ice hockey. Many winter sports allow you an opportunity to be on teams with friends while other sports are solitary activities. Become a coach for a team of youngsters to teach them about indoor or outdoor sports. You will get a great workout while teaching them. Find a fitness gym to join for nights when the weather is too cold to exercise outdoors. Many locations offer Pilates, yoga, spinning, weight training, water aerobics and other courses. Exercising during the dark cold winter months will prevent you from gaining weight, and keep you energized.
About the author:
John Rushworth owns Havoc Store – a UK based online fitness retailer.