Great Tips For Keeping Active in Cold weather

With winter coming there will be lots of cold days that simply make people want to stay inside and keep warm. However, all those days spent indoors is generally accompanied by the winter blues.

Fortunately, there are a lot of things one can do to liven things up and keep themselves active in the winter even if it is cold outside.

What are the benefits to Exercising in cold weather?

No heat and humidity to deal with. Winter’s chill might even make you feel awake and invigorated.
You may be able to work out longer in cold weather—which means you can burn even more calories.
It’s a great way to take in the sunlight (in small doses). Not only can light improve many people’s moods, it also helps you get some vitamin D.
Exercise boosts your immunity during cold and flu season. Just a few minutes a day can help prevent simple bacterial and viral infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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What are the signs that I’ve been exercising too long outside?

There a many benefits to exercising in cold weather, but you have to be careful not to overexpose yourself. Overexposing means that you’ve stayed too long outside and your body temperature has become too low. This is refereed to as hypothermia

Hypothermia is when your core body temperature has fallen below 35 degrees Celsius or about 95 degrees Fahrenheit. It happens when your body is unable to generate energy fast enough to warm itself.

Hypothermia symptoms can include:

Lack of physical coordination
Mental confusion
Slowed reactions
Slurred speech
Cold feet and hands

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If you are experiencing any of these, get medical attention and get inside immediately

How can I avoid overexposure during cold weather?

There are a few easy things that you can do to have a great time while exercising outside.

  • Know the temperature before you leave the house.
  • Dress according to the temperature
  • Monitor your time outside to avoid overexposure and hypothermia.
  • Let a friend know your exercise route if running, jogging or biking

What are good activities for cold weather?

The following five activities will help you have an active winter and beat the winter blues.

Tip #1 Yoga or Pilates

Taking a yoga or Pilates class at your local gym will help you get out and about, meet new people, and even tone up your muscles! This is great way to stay active and in shape over the winter so when summer bathing suit season arrives you will be prepared.

Tip #2 Take a Bike Ride

A bike ride is fun any time of the year and can be especially enjoyable during the winter because the cool air is refreshing. Just remember to bundle up before heading out on your winter bike ride so you do not get too cold or risk overexposure to the cold weather.

Tip #3 Go for a Walk

Going for a walk is always a great way to get yourself in motion. It doesn’t matter if it is a slow leisurely walk or a brisk one you will get benefits from walking and being active. Also, walking during the winter will help you burn some of those calories you might be eating more of.

Tip #4 Weekly Meeting with Friends

Scheduling a weekly meeting with friends whether at a coffee shop or alternating friends’ homes is really a great way to stay active in winter and have a lot of fun as well. You will find yourself looking forward to each meeting with your friends.

Tip #5 Plant a Winter Garden

If you like to be active in the garden in the spring and summer then there is no reason why you should stop just because the temperature drops. A great idea to keeping active in winter is to plant a winter garden. There are plenty of things to plant no matter what your region, just do a little research on a winter garden for your region and you can have a really active winter.

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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not medical advice and should not be used or interpreted as such. You should always consult a medical professional before making drastic changes to your diet and physical exercise