Cold temperatures and shorter daylight hours can make having the motivation to exercise difficult. Exercise is important for your health, fertility, mood and stress level. Shake off the desire to stay bundled on your couch and take some time to exercise. The winter exercise ideas below can put a new spin on burning off some energy while having fun.
The top six winter exercise ideas are:
Ice skating is not just for kids and Olympic level athletes. Even if you’ve never skated before, ice skating can be a great way to get in some cardio. This fun sport can be done indoors or outdoors during the holiday season. It provides a great workout for your legs and can enhance your core stability.
Even in the cold, you can get your runs in. The key is to wear shoes, or make alterations to your shoes, that increase your grip. Pay particular attention to what you wear while running outdoors. Clothing that is light and reflective will allow you to be seen, even if it is dark. Or, find an indoor track or treadmill to keep your runs going indoors.
That’s right, snowshoeing! All you need to get started is snowshoes and snow. Walking on snow uses the muscles in your entire body. You can decrease the impact on your knees by using poles. Snowshoeing can be done virtually anywhere where there is snow. This spin on traditional cardio can burn more than 500 calories per hour.
Skiing and Snowboarding
For people who have never skied or snowboarded, it may be a good idea to take lessons first. Lessons can help you to require the basics of skiing which ca help to avoid falls and to improve your form. In the winter, there are a number of places that offer skiing and snowboarding.
Has yoga been on your to do list but has not happened? Winter is an ideal time to try out a new sport.
If leaving the house is completely unappealing during the winter, use workout videos to help get in your exercise. There are a number of resources available for free online or on demand through a cable provider.
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