How to stay active in the winter: 10 best things to do when it's cold outside
Now that it's December, the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping.
For those who enjoy getting outside, it can be hard to keep fit during the winter. With cold wind and the sun setting before the workday is over, finding time to exercise can be challenging.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that occurs during the same season each year (typically in the fall or winter), can make it harder to muster up the motivation to exercise. However, finding ways to stay active even during the coldest, darkest months is important as it can combat symptoms of depression.
Luckily, cold weather can offer perks when it comes to exercising. During the winter, there is no heat or humidity to endure, so you might be able to exercise for longer periods. Exercising outdoors in the winter also helps you take in sunlight, boost your mood and strengthen your immune system.
If the cold weather is too much for you to handle, there are plenty of indoor activities to help you stay active this winter. Below, check out 10 of the best ways to stay active when it’s cold outside.
Hit the gym
Going to an indoor gym is a great way to get your exercise in during the colder months.
You can use equipment to do the exercise you typically would outdoors, such as running and biking.
If a gym membership is out of your budget, try setting up a home gym instead. Your equipment can range from a pair of dumbbells to your own cardio machines.
However you do it, having an indoor space dedicated to exercise is sure to get you moving.
Check out your local gym or recreational centre for their indoor swimming pools.
Unlike outdoor pools, indoor pools stays at the same temperature year-round.
You might even be able to warm up in a hot tub after a few laps of swimming, making it a perfect activity for the winter.
Attending workout classes is another excellent way to stay active this winter.
Most workout classes are indoors and take place at a gym or studio. Some classes are held online, which means you can attend workout classes from the comfort of your own home.
There’s no need to bundle up and commute to a workout studio – just put on your active attire and get moving.
Whether in a group session or by yourself at home, yoga is a great way to get your blood flowing in the colder months.
With plenty of beginner poses available, yoga can feel easier to start when all you want to do is bundle up.
Plus, yoga can greatly boost your mood, making it a healthy addition to your routine if you struggle with SAD.
For those who do want to get outside, put on your warmest jacket and go for a nature walk.
Winter has just as much to offer as spring and summer when it comes to seeing beautiful landscapes and breathing in fresh air.
This activity will also help you get some much-needed sunlight, which can boost your vitamin D levels.
This activity is a two-in-one, helping you take care of chores while moving your body at the same time.
During the fall and winter, there's plenty of yard work to do, including shovelling snow and raking leaves.
Despite the frosty temperatures, you’re sure to break a sweat.
Skiing or snowboarding
During the winter, enjoy outdoor activities that are impossible in the warmer months, such as skiing or snowboarding.
Hit the slopes this season and move your body while having a blast.
Ice skating is another fun activity to try in the winter.
With winter-themed decor and festive treats, it’s sure to get you into the holiday spirit.
Plus, it’s fun to enjoy with loved ones, which is what this season is all about.
When the world is blanketed in snow, put on your snowshoes and hit the trail.
You’ll want to dress warmly beforehand, but soon enough you’ll be taking off layers as you work your way through the powdery landscape.
Who’s to say you can’t do all the same summertime activities in the wintertime? Bundle up to continue walking, running or sticking to your favourite exercise routine.
Just make sure to stay hydrated and take precautions to prevent hypothermia.
Getting exercise in the colder months doesn’t have to be difficult. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to keep your body moving when the temperature drops, and doing so can help keep you happy and healthy this winter.
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