During the winter we tend to go into hibernation mode with our cozy blankets, warm fireplace and deliciously sweet hot drinking chocolate. Unlike bears, remaining sedentary all winter isn’t the healthiest option. Staying active in the cooler months will help you maintain your physical fitness, fight off colds and work off the extra calories after indulging in holiday delights.
Get winter fitness inspiration with these fun ideas.
Hit the Trail on Take a Hike Day
Every November 17th the American Hiking Society celebrates Take a Hike Day. The event helps to promote physical fitness and the use of national trails throughout the entire year. In areas like Central Texas, November is the perfect time for a hike since the weather is temperate and much more comfortable than the dead of summer.
Hunt for Natural Décor
One of the things we love most about fall and winter is all the natural décor provided by Mother Nature. Set aside an hour to explore the outdoors for elements you can add to your own wreaths, garland, table pieces and displays. Look for things like pinecones, colored leaves, blanched branches, berry branches and evergreen sprigs.
Try a New Fitness Class
You don’t have to get outdoors to stay active in the cooler months. Plenty of people use the season to try out indoor fitness classes. Trying something new is also a great way to boost fitness motivation that wanes in the winter. If you’re starting to feel the stress of the holidays already consider a yoga class to stay fit and relaxed.
Set Up a “Home Gym”
When you have everything you need at home it’s hard to come up with reasons for not working out. Right now is the perfect time to create a “home gym” that can be used this winter. All you need is a few simple pieces of equipment and enough space to stretch out. Hundreds of workouts can be done a home with:
- Resistant bands
- Light dumbbells
- Ankle weights
- An exercise ball
- A yoga mat
Find a few workout DVDs, YouTube videos or apps to use for workout routines and you’re ready to go.
Go Ice Skating
During the winter you don’t need below freezing temperatures to enjoy skating across ice. These days hotels, convention centers and even Whole Foods create their own ice skating rinks. It’s an activity that can be physically challenging, but it’s a whole lot of fun. Plus, you’ll burn 450 calories in a single hour of ice skating. For your own comfort and safety, make sure to pick properly sized skates and dress in layers that can be removed.
Switch Up Your Sports
Love to play tennis? Then why not switch to indoor racquetball for the winter? Is beach volleyball your favorite way to stay active in the spring and summer? Then look for an indoor league you can join. Most local sports leagues operate on a seasonal basis in order to offer activities that are appropriate for a certain time of year.
After all that physical activity enjoying a few holiday treats is even more rewarding!