Try these Winter Physical Activities to Help You Stay Active

Winter active activities that are fun and energizing

The holiday season is upon us, and you’ve probably had at least a few chilly days pass by. Did you stay indoors and snuggle up under the covers? If not, did you get outside and squeeze-in any of your normal workout activities?

Snow flurries and thick winter coats are trademarks of the holiday season. So are shopping lists, mountains of wrapping paper and travel schedules. In addition to the cold weather, there also doesn’t seem to be enough time (or resources, or energy…) to complete your To-Do lists.

Even with all of this in mind, your health should never take a back seat. Are you taking care of yourself by continuing to stay active? Physical activity doesn’t just benefit your weight, but it also reduces stress, helps you focus and makes you happier overall.

Winter Physical Activities to Try

You may be thinking, “I don’t have the time for that!” or “No, it’s too cold out there!” But worry not — there are always ways to incorporate some extra bursts of physical activity and stay right on track with your health goals. Consider these practical (and fun!) winter activity tips:

Get a Workout While You Shop

You’re already doing gift shopping to begin with, so why not get a workout at the same time? Park your car far (enough) away from the store to get a few extra steps. Walk the perimeter of the mall once or twice before visiting any stores. If your supermarket is close by and you only need a few things for dinner, walk or bike there. All movement makes a difference!

Walk to See Holiday Lights

Do you plan to go light gazing with your family? Instead of taking the car, visit a nearby neighborhood on foot instead. A walking tour gets you active and gives you more time to marvel at twinkling lights and colors. If you’re cold, bring along some low-sugar hot coffee or tea.

Make Family Time Active Time

The holidays are meant for gathering with your loved ones to spend quality time together. Instead of sitting around the television or dinner table, get moving! Take a hike in the cool air, go ice skating or build snow people in your yard if it’s cold enough for snow to form.

Invest in Cold Weather Clothes

If you want to stick to your everyday workout routine but the weather is turning you off, bundle up. Consider warm fleece undershirts, windbreakers and durable boots. Don’t forget wool socks, a thick scarf, knit mittens and/or a hat to keep your extremities warm.

Give Your House a Makeover

You don’t have to wait until March or April to do a little “spring cleaning.” Why not get it done before or around the New Year for a fresh start? If the cold weather is unbearable, clean the crevices of your home and get it in tip top shape. Dust, vacuum, scrub and rearrange.

Take Your Workout Indoors

If you’re normally a fan of outdoor exercise, take it inside. Go running or brisk walking on a treadmill (either at home or at the gym), dance to a favorite workout DVD or YouTube channel, and practice sets of jumping jacks, squats, lunges and more.

Physical Activity is a Lifestyle

Healthy and sustainable habits are key to long-term success with weight management. If there’s a barrier to your preferred physical activity routine, don’t just avoid it altogether. Find a solution and work around the problem. There’s lots of room for creativity with the winter active activities mentioned above.

Plus, staying active won’t just benefit your weight, but will also likely keep you sane during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season! Don’t lose sight of the physical, mental and emotional benefits of exercise. In the future, you’ll be so glad you did.

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