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How to Stay Active During Colder Months

How to Stay Active During Colder Months

One thing I hear from patients, friends, and family all the time is “I’m much more active in the Summer”. It doesn’t have to be this way! There are many ways to stay active during the colder months. Not to mention, exercise boosts your immunity during cold and flu season. It can also improve your endurance. According to Dr. Adam Tenforde, an assistant professor of sports medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard-affiliated Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, “In colder temperatures your heart doesn’t have to work as hard, you sweat less, and expend less energy, all of which means you can exercise more efficiently.”

Keep reading if you need some ideas on how to stay active!

  • Bundle up and get outside!
    • Once it gets cold out, we feel like we are stuck inside…not true! Getting outdoors is still very beneficial and FUN! You can still bike, hike, run, walk all over Indiana. Just make sure you you’ve got layers on! Even raking leaves, shoveling
  • Home workouts (with or without equipment)
    • You don’t need a home gym or fancy equipment. Your body weight will do! Push furniture out of the way for space to move. YouTube has plenty of exercise options, even plenty of low impact workouts if you have joint pain.
    • Stair climbing – in your home or outdoors
    • Bowling
    • Roller skating
    • Dancing
    • Housework/Yardwork – vacuuming, raking leaves, shoveling snow
    • Yoga

According to Harvard’s article, “The Wonder of Winter Workouts”, there are multiple things to consider when exercising outside. Cold muscles are at greater risk for injury. Make sure to properly warm-up if you are exercising in cold weather! Cold air decreases thirst so maintain your hydration. Additionally, protect your head, hands, and feet with the right protective gear and wear layers!

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