Fun Ways Exercise During the Winter Months


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Across the country, snow is already falling. While it’s often tempting to curl up by the fire with a blanket and some hot cocoa, it’s actually a great time of year to head outdoors to exercise and enjoy the beauty of nature. Here’s a closer look at how you can enjoy and get the most from exercising outdoors this winter.

Benefits of Winter Outdoor Exercising

Pull yourself away from the cozy fire and you’ll enjoy some great benefits when you take your workout outdoors this winter. Some great benefits to heading out to the cold for your workout include:

  • You burn more calories as your body works to stay warm
  • Your heart works harder, so you’ll strengthen your heart muscle
  • You’ll start building a better tolerance to the cold
  • Outdoor workouts ensure you get a good dose of vitamin D (but don’t forget the sunscreen after 10-15 minutes of exposure)
  • Cold-weather exercise will energize you and boost your mood

Great Winter Exercise Ideas

You can burn a lot of calories when you work out during the winter. One of the best exercise ideas is cross-country skiing. If you live in an area that gets snow, it’s usually easy to find some great cross-country ski trails. Since you use all four limbs, it’s a great calorie burner that works both upper and lower body muscle groups. It’s also low impact, so you it’s not harsh on your joints.

Snowshoeing is another great exercise idea that is great for beginners. It feels a bit like jogging through sand and torches plenty of calories. Skating is also fun and great exercise if you have an ice rink or a pound nearby.

Remember to Stay Safe and Warm

When you do head outdoors to exercise in the winter, it’s important to stay safe and warm. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Give yourself some extra time to get warmed up.
  • Wear the right outdoor gear to stay warm. Don’t forget to wear layers.
  • Have a buddy with you.
  • Drink plenty of water. It’s important to stay hydrated in the cold too.
  • Take a break and head indoors to warm up if needed.

 If you live in a warmer climate with milder winters, see if there is an indoor ice skating rink near you. Most southern cities have seasonal or year-round facilities and skating is an enjoyable way to burn calories.

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