Q: How can you stay active through the colder months?
A: The days are getting colder and shorter for sure, but don’t let that be a roadblock for the physical activity that benefits your health.
The American Heart Association recommends a minimum of 150 minutes each week of physical activity. Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death in the United States, and this risk is reduced with physical activity.
Exercise can also prevent or manage:
- High blood pressure
- Metabolic syndrome
- Many types of cancers
Other benefits or regular exercise include:
- Weight control
- Mood improvement
- Increased energy
- Better sleep
Here are some ideas to help you get moving:
- Monitor the weather: Weather permitting, schedule days and times where you can safely get outside. Wear layers of clothing that could be removed as you become warmer. Wear moisture wicking clothing, included socks and shoes will help keep you dry.
- Workout at home: Find an app, video, or even live workout class that allows you to exercise from the comfort and warmth of your house. There are many resources for at home aerobics, yoga, pilates, strength building, and stretching.
- Do some housework: Sweeping, vacuuming, and cleaning will help check off some chores from the list, and keep you moving! Walking up and down the hallway and stairs will help get your steps in during the day!
It is important to consult with your health care professional before starting a new exercise plan. Together you can determine how much and what kind of exercise and movement is best for you!