4 Ways to Stay Active in the Winter
We get it. When the cold weather hits all you want to do is curl up under a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate and relax. But staying active is vital to your pain management regime, and is especially important in the winter months. Here are four ways you can stay active when the temperatures start to drop.
You Can Still Enjoy those Outdoor Walks
Get yourself a good coat and bundle up. You can still enjoy walking through your neighborhood or a nearby walking trail in the winter months. You can also try winter sports like skiing or ice skating. Just be sure to dress warmly and avoid going out in wet, slippery conditions. Plan some excursions for when the weather is nice. Outdoor time is important, especially in the winter, to soak up some vitamin D to improve your health and mood.
Don’t Procrastinate that Housework
Doing chores around the house like cooking, cleaning, organizing, laundry, and the like can be a great form of everyday exercise. Be consistent about doing some form of housework daily. This is a great way to keep your house in tip-top shape while also maintaining your fitness goals.
Join an Online Fitness Class or Find a Workout Video You Like
Stay active at home by signing up for an online fitness class or finding a workout video to follow along with. Try to pick something you actually enjoy doing so that exercising won’t feel like a chore. If you love to dance, for example, try signing up for a Zumba class. If you love martial arts, try karate or taekwondo.
Put Together a Home Gym
If you are able to, buy some home gym equipment to work out at home. You can start small with things like a yoga mat, some weights, and a jump rope. If you have the budget and the space, you can buy a treadmill or elliptical machine. Pick a time that works for you and set a routine to work out at the same time every day. This will help motivate you to stay on track.
Staying active is one of the core elements of reducing chronic pain. If you don’t keep up with your activity in the winter, you will start to backtrack in your pain management progress. Please find a form of exercise that you enjoy that you can do in the winter to stay active. If you have questions or need some guidance, please don’t hesitate to reach out for a consultation with Dr. Moore.