It’s easy to curl up on the couch with your favorite blanket during the winter months, but it’s important to stay active. Studies have shown you can burn double the amount of fat in colder weather. Additionally, exercise gives you extra energy and helps you avoid the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.
Here are some easy activities to keep in mind when you think it’s too cold outside to workout.
Take your family ice skating
Ice skating seems more like a fun activity rather than a workout. However, you can burn a lot of calories doing it. Go to a local rink with your family and friends and enjoy a fun outing, all while breaking a sweat.
Use the mall as an excuse to walk around. You can get your steps in while making returns from the holidays or treating yourself to something new.
Worried about spending too much money? Try bringing a limited amount of cash with you. You can also ditch your wallet all together and just enjoy the opportunity to walk indoors.
Take the stairs
Taking the stairs cuts calories and can count as a workout. If you’re at work, in a parking garage, or almost anywhere, opting to take the stairs instead of the elevator is a simple way to stay active during the winter.
Play outside with your kids
Kids love playing outside in the winter. Taking them sledding or helping them build a snowman outside will keep the whole family active. Just remember to bundle up!
Regardless of the type of activity, always remember to keep warm and drink lots of water. Also, be sure to check with your doctor before starting a new activity if you have heart problems or other health issues.
What more advice on how you can add physical activity into your daily routine this winter? Schedule an appointment with a Bon Secours primary care physician today.