Winter Options for Fitness Enthusiasts
By Donna Stark
Winter can really put a halt to many people's health and fitness routines. From our desire to indulge in holiday foods to our natural instinct of staying indoors, our unhealthy lifestyle during this time of year can certainly take its toll on our bodies. And on top of the consequences that are sure to happen, it can also make our return to fitness, come springtime, that much harder to get back to! But what can be done when it seems like everything is intentionally trying to throw you off course? Well, you need to adapt, and you need to start today!
Obviously, you can't keep all of the same fitness habits that you had during the summer once winter decides to roll around, so you may need to figure out how you will adapt to the colder weather. Here are some suggestions.
- If you are a runner - Winter weather and darker days can create enough extra hazards that heading outdoors for your morning or evening run is no longer an option, but that doesn't mean you need to skip your workout. Simply head to your local gym and become friends with a treadmill, an elliptical trainer, or a stair climber instead.
- If you are a walker - The same thing can be said for those who walk. You can hit your local gym's treadmill for your daily workout or you can try other options as well. Consider walking in a mall or trying another low-impact exercise like swimming to keep yourself moving until the snow and ice melt.
- If you are a cyclist - It may seem a little extra scary when snow and ice are on the roads or if visibility is low, so stay safe and burn those calories on a stationary bike or in a spin class. You can even make it easier on yourself by purchasing a stationary bike for your home.
Adapting to the Weather
If you are still determined to stay on the road during winter, you must protect yourself from the elements. A simple slip of the foot or turn of the wheel can lead to significant injuries, so be prepared! Take a look at the following tips.
- Dress in layers and choose clothes made from wicking material
- Wear appropriate gear for wet, rainy days
- Invest in reflective clothing and shoes if exercising in the dark
- Select footwear that has a great deal of traction
- Wear gloves and cover your head, face, and ears as much as possible
Coming Through Winter Like a Champ
It's never any fun trying to get back into shape after a season of inactivity, so keep the suggestions above in mind, and continue moving! It's the only way to successfully return to your warmer fitness behaviors in the same condition that you left them!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Eagan, Minn.