Some people want to stay at home and get cozy with coffee in the winter season, while others are more inclined to get out there, get some exercise, and stay fit. The good news is you can move from the former to the latter!
There are many ways to beat the winter blues by giving your body the workout it needs while you have fun. In the article below we look into a few winter workout ideas that will help you get the most out of your activities.
Cross Country Skiing
Cross country skiing happens to be one of the most in-demand, fun and at the same time intense types of winter workouts. What you basically do here is ski over flat surfaces for a long time.
This is one winter workout that may help you lose weight, and will certainly improve your cardiovascular system. If you’ve never done it before, it’s always better to start off slow and small, and progressing to harder terrain as you go forward. The amount of time spent and the difficulty of the landscape can both be gradually increased. Just don’t overdo it on your first day out and wind up unable to move the next day!
Looking for a fun winter workout that makes it easy for you to stay fit without getting bored? If the answer is yes, then snowshoeing may be for you. The activity is about strapping a pair of good, durable snowshoes on your feet and going out hiking.
Like all winter activities, though, you shouldn’t push too hard if you’re just beginning. Increase the intensity slowly and gradually, as being too quick can lead to sore bones and tired muscles. You can buy snowshoes in a sports store near you (I suggest calling ahead to find out what they have).
Ice Skating is one of the most popular winter sports that you can enjoy regardless of your age. One great thing about this activity is that you can involve your whole family, from young children to senior citizens.
If you want to get the most out of ice skating, see to it that you get a good pair of skates that minimize chances of injury. Also, make sure you pick your hats and mittens carefully.
The workout ideas we discussed above will only work if you take care of yourself and protect your skin against the cold. To maintain your health in cold and flu season, be sure to get a good night’s sleep, eat lots of veggies + fruits, stay warm with hats, gloves, and scarves, and limit your alcohol intake, especially if you’re feeling rundown. These are simple things that make a big difference. Remember, the more you focus on your health, the better your winter will be!
–Carolyn Scott-Hamilton is an award winning healthy, special diet and green living and travel expert, holistic nutritionist, plant based vegan chef, and best-selling cookbook author. Follow her online at healthyvoyager.com