When it’s cold outside, most physically active people are searching for fun ways to stay fit. Is this true of you? If you’re anything like us, you are starting to go a little stir-crazy from so much time in the house watching Netflix. Thankfully, a host of activities will get you off the couch and in shape for spring, which will soon be here.
3 Fun and Creative Ways to Stay Fit When It’s Cold Outside
Are you someone who uses cold weather as an excuse to avoid exercise? You won’t be after you check out these tips for staying fit when it’s icy outside…
1) Get a gym membership – The very best way to stay fit during winter is to hit the gym. Going to a Pilates class, jumping on an elliptical machine, lifting weights, or doing laps in an indoor pool are all perfect ways to get out of the house and break a sweat. If money is an issue, consider joining an organization that offers financial assistance, such as the YMCA. Also, don’t forget to call your insurance company and ask if a gym membership is covered in your benefits package.
2) Do a YouTube yoga class – If you have access to the Internet, you have everything you need to stay fit this winter. Granted, working out in the house has its drawbacks (especially when you are going nuts from staring at your four walls), but it also has benefits. For example, you don’t need to get in a cold car and drive anywhere to do it, it’s free, and it allows you to stay in your pajamas. Yoga may be the best workout to do at home because it doesn’t require any equipment or much space. There are a lot of great YouTube channels that offer yoga videos, but Yoga with Adriene is one of the most popular. (Adriene’s 2 million subscribers testify to this.) If you’re new at yoga, check out her video Yoga for Beginners. As always, ask your physician before you start any new exercise routine.
3) Start physiotherapy – Have you ever considered that starting physiotherapy is an ideal way to stay fit during cold months? Not only are physiotherapy sessions held indoors — they are also led by health professionals called physiotherapists. Physiotherapists are extremely knowledgeable about the body and what it needs to be strong and healthy. They can design personalized exercise programs and provide support and accountability to patients. Best of all, physiotherapy isn’t just for people with injuries. It can also benefit those who want to stay healthy or prevent injuries. Contact a physiotherapy clinic for more details.
The NHS recommends that able-bodied adults aged 19-64 spend 150 minutes per week exercising. This number of minutes doesn’t decrease in the winter. It can be hard to move your body consistently when you can’t get outdoors, but it’s certainly possible. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
How do you stay physically active during the winter season?