Winter is now in full swing and your desire to go out and exercise has likely dropped as much as the temperature. But cold weather is no excuse to shut yourself in. Here are a few simple, fun ways to enjoy exercising this January.
Embrace the Season
Winter may be cold, but it also offers you some unique opportunities to exercise in ways you can’t any other time of the year. There are a variety of fun Winter activities that offer great health benefits.
- Ice skating – Skating helps improve your balance and joint flexibility and helps build leg muscles.
- Snowshoeing – An effective, low impact exercise that burns twice the number of calories as walking.
- Skiing – Improves proprioception, which is one’s ability to feel the position of different body parts and the effort that goes into moving them. Skiing is also great for balance and coordination, strengthening bones and joints, and increasing cardiovascular endurance.
- Snowboarding – An intense cardio workout that works every muscle in your body and can burn up to 450 calories per hour.
- Sledding – Sledding is a surprising way to get exercise. Trudging up a hill once you’ve sledded to the bottom can burn as much as 450 calories per hour. It’s also a great way to get out in the sunshine.
If you don’t feel like strapping snowboards or skates on your feet, get outside in the snow with friends or family for a good old-fashioned snowball fight! Moving in the snow is a great way to exercise and a good way to combat those winter blues. Tap into your creativity and make up your own rules for the battle. Here’s one idea from Odyssey.com on how to take a snowball fight to the next level.
Join a Sports Team
If you find it hard to get motivated and go to the gym this Winter, try joining an indoor sports league. Many indoor sports complexes offer soccer, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball and other fun team activities. Being part of a team is a great motivator because the other members will rely on you. Plus, you won’t have to deal with the weather outside and you may even make some new friends.
Like these tips but not sure you’re ready to start? Check out our tips on How to get Back Into Exercising.