When the cold season arrives, you imagine yourself curled up in bed, reading your favorite book, and sipping a warm cup of chocolate drink. It's one of the best things you love about winter as you have an excuse to laze around.
Now here comes the major "but". Although it sounds nice to lie in bed all day long because it's cold outside, it's not a good idea to forget about the importance of physical activity for your health. Even if the weather is cold, you can still stay in shape and at the same time have some fun while you're at it.
Here are some wonderful ideas on how to stay active during the winter season.
Staying fit during winter doesn't automatically require spending time outdoors and freezing to death. You can spend time indoors doing physical activities.
One good example is going for a walk at the mall with a friend. Yes, window shopping can be a good exercise for you. Many people don't realize this, but they are delighted when they find out for themselves.
It's also a terrific idea to go to indoor gyms where you can work out. Some local schools and even churches have indoor gyms where you can exercise. It's also a brilliant idea to buy a pedometer from the local sporting goods store, so you can count your steps for added fun to the treadmill exercise. The more steps you take, the more you'll be motivated to keep walking.
You don't have to be inside a gym to do weight training. Go get some weights or stretch bands. You can use these tools for resistance exercises, while listening to your favorite music or watching the television. If you don't want to buy weights, you can use cans of food or any other heavy thing at home. Just make sure that you don't lift beyond your capacity.
Find something that you'll enjoy so you can stick with the routine more easily. If you love to dance, go for dance exercises like hip hop or belly dancing exercises. If you love to kick and punch, sign up for a Tae Kwon Do class. If you prefer, buy or rent instructional training DVD on those topics, or even find them on the internet.
There are plenty of outdoor exercise to enjoy, given that there's no blizzard or the temperature is not too cold.
• Around The House
Work on your yard. This will not only make your house look better but also benefit your physical health.
Cover up and take your dog for a walk. Did you know that dogs make great exercise partners? Yes, they are often better than humans as exercise partners!
Shovel the snow. This chore can be transformed into an effective winter exercise. Of course, if you have a heart ailment or any other health concern, consult your doctor first. Make sure you don't over-do it so you don't put an excessive strain on your body.
Make snow people. This can even be a fun activity for the entire family. Roll those snow balls as small or as big as you like.
• Winter Sports
Finally, go out and try your hand at some winter sports. Get the thrill of your lifetime by going on skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding adventures. You'll have lots of fun and at the same time, you'll be able to keep yourself in top shape.