No matter where you live winter weather has its pros and cons to staying healthy. So let’s take a closer look at what it means to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the colder winter months.
Pros of Staying Fit During the Winter Months:
The Invigoration of the Cooler Air:
The cooler weather in the morning or evening can be invigorating. There is something about enjoying a walk or run in the crisp, cool air. It helps to wake you up and even provide that extra motivation to get outside and feel it. However, one thing to keep in mind is if the air is to cold, you may want to use a face mask to cover your nose and mouth. This will help to heat the colder air before it is inhaled into the lungs.
If you live in the climate with snow fall, you can enjoy a daily workout simply by shoveling the driveway or sidewalk. However, remember to take it slow and don’t rush. However, if you have a heart or other health issues it may be best to hire someone to shovel your walks. Check out how drinking cherry juice can help soothe sore muscles after physical exercise and maintain healthy joint function.
Low-impact exercises such at snowshoeing can be extra enjoyment for reducing the waistline, getting fresh air and clearing the mind from stress. I don’t know about you, but getting out into the day when the snow is falling and the world is silent due to the blanket of snow is an excellent way to reduce the stress of the day. Putting on a pair of snowshoes is good way to burn calories. Did you know snowshoeing provides an excellent combination of cardiovascular, improving agility and balance as well as endurance? According to a published study from the University of Vermont, one hour of snowshoeing can burn 400 to 1000 calories per hour. The best part of snowshoeing is you are walking and not running, jogging, thus snowshoeing provide a lower impact on your joints, too.
The Cons of Staying Fit During the Winter Months:
It’s hard to get Started:
Looking out at the falling snow can be a huge downer and an unmotivator. I don’t even know if “Unmotivator” is a real word, but you get the idea. J Sometime, the cold air and falling snow can’t compete with a warm house and warm clothes. During these mornings simply mix up your exercises with low impact exercises. Check out this link to our low impact videos series for working out indoors.
Not working Out as Often:
Spending longer time in traffic jams to and from work due to the weather can really cut into the day. This means you may not have the time to enjoy a workout when you get home from work or if you need to early extra early due to the road conditions. When this happens, don’t get stressed, simply realize it’s part of the colder winter months. However, when you do work out, don’t do extra time on the treadmill, simply do you regular routine. Check out these low impact exercise videos Thus, the cooler winter months are upon most of us and it’ll be around for another three to four months. Also, keep an eye on your email for healthy winter recipes.