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Winter is coming, and the cold weather can make it hard to motivate yourself to stay active. But don’t let the plunging mercury keep you from exercising! You know how good it feels to keep moving, so follow our tips to keep up the momentum all year long — even when it’s chilly outside.
Layer It On
When it’s cold outside, many of us reach for the biggest parka in the closet, but that’s not great for activity. Despite the cold temperatures, your body’s temperature will still rise during exercise. With a heavy coat and a single layer under it, you have two choices — hot or cold.
The better option is to dress in lighter layers. Layers will trap heat so that you will be warm, but you can remove one layer at a time for more precise temperature regulation. Avoid cotton, though, because once cotton gets wet, whether from sweat or precipitation, it stays wet and pulls warmth from the body.
Get Moving, Indoors
Sometimes, winter weather is just too wet or cold for you to go out, no matter your resolve. You can still be active indoors, even if you don’t have a gym membership. Here are a few indoor activities that will get your heart rate up, and don’t require special equipment:
- Dancing: Turn on your favorite tunes and just dance, as if no one is watching. Grooving along to disco can burn up to 200 calories per a 30-minute session.
- Cleaning: Yes, believe it or not, giving your home a deep clean can be a workout.
- Shopping: Think the old-fashioned way to shop, before Amazon. Mall walking is popular for good reasons; it’s a workout and it’s in a climate-controlled space. The more you buy, the more weight you will be carrying, building upper body strength. It’s a win-win situation.
- Stair climbing: Climbing stairs is a great way to raise your heart rate, and it helps to build leg muscles, too.
Just Move It
Don’t let winter win when it comes to staying healthy. With a little imagination, you can make almost any activity that involves moving into a strength-building, calorie-burning opportunity. You will feel better, and when spring comes back around, you will not have lost any momentum. Take that, Jack Frost!