Winter is a very invigorating time to get outside and enjoy the beauty of this season, and with the availability of cold weather activities expanding, it is easier than ever to make plans to get outside and achieve some daily movement. While it can be easy to hibernate on the couch during winter, your overall health is reliant on daily movement: “Excess sitting is now linked with 35 diseases and conditions, including obesity, hypertension, back pain, cancer, cardiovascular disease and depression…” (Mayo Clinic). In this blog, discover some different ways to stay active this winter with indoor and outdoor activities.
Outdoor Winter Activities
There are so many outdoor activities available to Minnesotans during the winter months, and the health benefits can actually outweigh those that you experience in warmer months. The American Heart Association shares these four top ways that exercising in the winter is better than exercising in warmer temperatures:
- “No heat and humidity to deal with.
- You may be able to work out longer in cold weather.
- It’s a great way to take in the sunlight (in small doses).
- Exercise boosts your immunity during cold and flu season.”
Here are some quick ideas to get outside and enjoy some daily movement: walk, jog, ski, snowshoe, ice skate, snow tubing/sledding, snowboard, and shovel snow.
Indoor Winter Activities
When snow is flying or the grounds are covered in ice, it can be hard – and even dangerous – to venture outside to get some movement. If weather conditions force you to stay inside, you will likely be tempted to head right for the couch, but we urge you to get some movement first! Some fun activities to try if you are able to drive include bowling, indoor rock climbing, group workout class, or walking at the mall.
If the conditions are too harsh to brave a drive, there are still plenty of ways to get in movement. You can find a lot of bodyweight only exercise circuits online to try (try this one from VeryWell Fit, or this one from Self), start a dance party with your kids, or if your house needs to be cleaned, all the vacuuming and dusting counts too!
Whatever type of movement you decide to do during winter, you will undoubtedly feel the mental and physical benefits from sticking to an active routine. Remember, if any injury or chronic pain source is keeping you from participating in any of your favorite wintertime activities, reach out to our team to start your journey to feeling better today!