Resist the temptation of the couch and your cup of cocoa this winter. Instead, squeeze in at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day and then burst into spring and summer like the fit, happy butterfly you are. We’ve rounded up 6 easy ways to stay healthy, glowing, and energized during winter weather. Our winter activities have both indoor and outdoor suggestions so there’s something for everyone.
A morning walk before work: Bundle up and head to a local park before you get to work. A brisk walk will burn up to 400 calories and the cold air, exercise and the accelerated heart rate will jump-start your day.
Hike to a beautiful destination: The view at the end of a winter hike is very rewarding. If you aren’t a fan of hikes in general, try thinking of it as walking on an incline. Dress in layers and pace yourself. Once you reach the top, marvel at the view and give yourself a much-deserved pat on the back.
Shovel snow: Someone’s got to do it, and since it burns up to 266 calories per hour, you should sign yourself up.
Set up an ice-skating date: Generate some heat by combining romance with winter sports. You can do speed tests with your partner or pretend like you’re both figure skaters. Amateurs might get a few belly-laughs in when you fall over, but rest assured, it’s not a dangerous winter activity. As soon as you get the hang of it, it’s an exhilarating workout.
Do a home workout: Pros: One, a good old fashioned sweat session right in your living room. Two, no sweaty gym audience and bossy trainers. Cons: None.Dance: All you need are some good tunes. If you freestyle, then make sure you’re getting your heart rate up and your blood is pumping. A better alternative is signing up for an online dance class so you can learn some new moves.