Sometimes the cold weather or fewer daylight hours can discourage you from working out. Fortunately, there are exercises you can do indoors. Additionally, by getting active you are lowering your cancer risk and reducing your stress level.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, being overweight or obese contributes to the development of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer.
Ways to maintain your fitness throughout the season:
- Pop in a DVD — Skip a movie and find a fun workout routine such as Zumba, aerobics, resistance exercises or yoga.
- Go shopping — you can take advantage and walk the mall. Instead of taking the escalator, choose the stairs. If you don’t have a mall, dress warmly and pick up the pace between stores to keep your heart rate up. Do this until you reach 60 minutes of walking or until you meet the 10,000 step daily goal.
- Fit it in — In between cooking or watching television, you can pick up your hand weights or grab a stretch band for some resistance training. During commercials, find out how many jumping jacks or push-ups you can do. For those stressful moments, put on your favorite music and dance away the tension.
- Dress up — If you don’t mind the bad weather, you might want to take your activity outside. Put on some warm clothing like a warm hat, non-cotton socks, good pair of gloves and waterproof jacket to stay comfortable in the different temperatures.
There are different activities to maintain your weight during gloomy days. Since it can be tough to meet your fitness goals year round, set realistic goals that are specific and measurable. Don’t forget to pat yourself on the back for meeting your goals or simply making an effort!