Staying inside all winter can make for dreary days. Don’t let the cold temperatures scare you off – once you get outside you might find the cold refreshing. Embrace the winter chill. Need some inspiration? Stop by a playground and watch the kids running around. They don’t let the weather stop them from enjoying their time outside, and neither should you!
Your mom was right! If you keep your head warm, the rest of your body will stay warmer too. If you find hats uncomfortable, wear a head wrap that covers your ears.
Wear the right shoes. Many sneakers are made of mesh fabric which doesn’t keep your feet very warm. Invest in a pair of shoes that works for winter activities.
Be visible: Wear something bright, and if you’re out in the dark be sure to wear something reflective. With fewer hours of sunlight, you need to make sure cars can see you when you’re out.
Watch your step: Unless your activity of choice is skating, you’ll want to watch out for ice. When it’s unexpected, it can lead to falls and injuries.
Mix things up: Don’t forget about skiing, snow shoeing, sledding, ice skating, etc. Building a snowman (or woman) is a good way to get some exercise, and so is a snowball fight, if you're feeling fiesty. And if it’s not snowy, what about winter basketball, frisbee, or soccer?
Winter is also a great time to exercise indoors. If that’s not something you’re used to, you may not realize how many possibilities there are.
Gym memberships can offer a huge assortment of activities, from weights to cardio equipment (treadmills, elliptical machines) to group classes, you should be able to find exercises you enjoy. Many gyms offer trials memberships and orientations to get you started.
Other indoor exercise options include tennis courts, rock climbing gyms, martial arts facilities, dance studios, spinning classes, batting cages, skating rinks, bowling alleys, yoga, etc. Some of these require memberships, but with others you pay per visit.
Lots of community centers offer exercise classes that are very affordable as well. If you have a gaming system, such as the Wii, there are many active video games that will have you working up a sweat while you have fun too.
If you’re new to exercise, be sure to check with your doctor and start slowly. If you’re avoiding exercise because of an injury or want some personal guidance on how to avoid getting hurt while exercising, a physical therapist can help. Contact us at (908)273-1400 to schedule an evaluation. The important thing is to be active and safe. Bodies are meant to move – all year long.