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Cold Weather: There's No Reason to Hibernate

By Stephen R. Farris

Cold weather is beginning to settle in and that probably means more time spent indoors. Time to enjoy some of those delicious, warm fall and wintertime meals we've all been waiting for, plus watching our favorite shows and sporting events on television in front of the heater or fireplace.

With all this indoor time, it's not uncommon that we end up decreasing our physical activity. However, we all should do some type of exercise to help burn up some of the extra calorie intake we may not realize we're partaking in.

The colder weather can also have an affect on our bodies as well. Especially if you experience joint and muscle pain or have a condition that affects these areas. But there are ways you can still work out and keep your body in motion without going outside and dealing with winter-like conditions.

Walking is My Thing

If you're an avid walker, then you know that colder temperatures make the conditions a little less enjoyable, especially if it's wet and cold. However, that doesn't have to stop you or slow you down. Most cities and towns have a local mall. Usually that means lots of open space inside and plenty of room to walk a few laps or so where it's warm, plus you can even do a little window shopping too. There's always the gym option where treadmills are accessible. Where there's a will, there's a way!

Yoga, Qi Gong or Tai Chi are Great Exercises to Try

Three ancient forms of exercise that are great for indoors, and good for the body and mind, are yoga, qi gong, and tai chi. All three incorporate techniques using different body movements that are less stressful on joints. They also incorporate stretching and the three styles are great ways to relax your mind and help to maintain good blood pressure as well.

Home Cooking Doesn't Have to be Fattening

There are many ways to cook healthy at home without adding more calories and carbohydrates. Try using fresh vegetables, which are great when making soups for those cold winter evenings. Fruits and nuts are good snack choices, and meats such as chicken and turkey are great as well. Most of all, drink plenty of water. It helps maintain that full feeling and cuts down on the hunger cravings, especially if you drink a glass upon rising in the morning and before and after meals.

Always check with your doctor of chiropractor to see what suggestions they may have to help you get started or maintain your healthy lifestyle.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Burnsville, Minn. 

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