Oh, the weather outside will soon be frightful but inside it’s so delightful. Don’t use the cold blustery days of winter as an excuse to get out of shape. Experts say it’s actually good to shake up your usual fitness routine, and there are plenty of exercises you can do in the warmth of your home to stay active and gain health benefits.
It’s particularly important to keep moving during the cold months because fewer daylight hours can make us feel sluggish. Try incorporating some or all of these tips to increase your energy level:
- Get creative. Winter is the right time to start sneaking in some extra movement into your daily routine. Skip the elevator at work and make extra trips up and down those stairs, if you have them at home. Do squats while you brush your teeth, schedule walk breaks, make your own food, and take all your calls standing up.
- Strength train. Pick up some weights. Strength training is essential to build lean muscle, which naturally boosts your metabolism. Don’t have weights? Use your body as resistance.
- Cardio exercise. Try to get 30-45 minutes a day, three to five days a week. Remember you don’t have to do it all at once. It all adds up. Try jumping rope for 30-60 seconds and alternate with some strength training, like squats and push-ups. Even heavy cleaning can elevate your heart rate to an aerobic level.
- Meditate. You don’t always have to speed things up. It’s important to slow down too. Take this time to reflect. Meditation reduces stress, which is important for both your mental and physical health.
- Have fun. Turn up the music and dance around your house. Changing activities will help keep you motivated and allow your body to recover from those hard summer and fall workouts while still challenging you.
It’s important to remember when the cold weather forces you to stay inside that fitness is not a one-time event, but a journey to be enjoyed.