We all know the scenario – it’s cold outside, the snow is falling and the shortened days continue to drag on. Staying motivated in the wintertime can be challenging for many people and when the thermostat hits freezing, it’s very easy to reach for the remote instead of reaching for the hand weights.
This time of year can take a toll on one’s exercise routine, but it’s important to stay active during these winter months. Exercise is a great way to boost your immunity and this is especially important during cold and flu season. Other benefits of regular physical activity include increased energy and mood, better cardiovascular health, reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, and weight maintenance or loss.
So, instead of hiding under your blanket, get up, get moving, and try these five indoor activities:
- Active housework, like vacuuming and sweeping
- Stair climbing
- Mall walking
The overall goal is to aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or at least 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week, or an equal combination of both. Remember, you can break either down into 10-minute sessions scattered throughout the day.
Before beginning any type of exercise routine, please consult with your doctor to discuss appropriate options for your age, fitness level and any health conditions.
*Source: American Heart Association, www.heart.org
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