For some people, when the temperature drops, their fitness levels follow the same pattern. The cold weather can make the motivation to hit the gym or outdoor trails drop to levels of zero to none. However, exercise can help raise mood levels throughout the dreary months of winter and keep you healthy all year round. Below are some of the ways to keep your winter fitness levels high.
Think about the exercise you completed during the warmer months and how you felt while doing so. Staying in shape is not only for warm weather months when more of your body is exposed, but also for the way you feel inside and out. It will also eliminate the battle of "getting back into shape" come spring and summer.
If you are an avid outdoor exerciser, take the cold weather as an opportunity to try something indoors. Taking part in group exercise classes or personal training sessions can give a new twist to an old routine.
Winter brings about opportunities to try new activities that are not readily available in warm weather. Skiing, ice skating, snowboarding and sledding are all activities that are fun for individuals, friends or families and keep the body moving. The fact that these opportunities are only available for a limited amount of time can keep motivation levels high to get out there and do it.
Layer up with sweat-resistant clothing that is easy to take on and off as the day's activities progress. Remember to apply sunscreen for outdoor activities, since the sun's rays are reflected in the snow.
Exercise DVDs are very beneficial tools, since they rely neither on weather nor time of day. Select workouts that interest you and are reasonable for the amount of space you have available.
Research shows that the more fit you are, the less likely you are to get sick during the winter. Keeping active and eating right can help ward off the illnesses that accompany the colder weather.
It is also important to note that the cold weather can trigger chest pain and difficulty breathing during strenuous activities. If you have any medical conditions or concerns, check with your doctor before engaging in outdoor exercise.