Staying active and exercising does more than just support your physical health, it also plays a big role in supporting mental health as well. During the winter months, it’s easy to get stuck in an exercise rut, especially if you are used to exercising outside. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t stay active even in the cold winter months.
Let’s take a look at how you can stay active even if it’s too cold for a brisk walk outside.
5 Ways to Stay Active in the Winter
#1 Find an Exercise Video
The digital world we live in today makes it easier than ever to exercise indoors. Find your favorite workout video online or download a fitness app to press play and workout inside.
#2 Roll Out Your Mat
Getting some yoga or Pilates in is always a good idea! Roll your mat out and get a quick practice in to not only get the body moving but lower stress as well.
We often underestimate just how beneficial stretching is for our body. Regular stretching can help promote flexibility, and thus reduce the risk of injury when doing other more strenuous workouts. If you are cooped up inside on a cold winter day, try getting some stretching in.
#4 Use Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are great because even if you have a small space to work with, you can toss some bands into a basket in your living room and have them available to use when you are getting some strength training in. Try doing some resistance band training when it’s too cold to get outside, or the weather is preventing you from going to the gym.
#5 Do a Circuit
Make a little space in your living room or even your bedroom to do a little workout circuit. Try doing some jumping jacks followed by some running in place, sit-ups, and planks. Combine some of your favorite exercises into a circuit you can do in your own house.
Don’t Let the Colder Months Hold You Back From Exercise
Even if it’s too cold to get outside for a walk or snow is keeping you from getting to the gym, don’t let the winter prevent you from staying active. Use these five tips to still stay in shape even during the colder months of the year. Your mind and body will thank you for it.