Staying Active during Winter
For many people, winter can turn into a time of inactivity. Shorter days, cold temperatures and poor weather often make people want to stay inside, drink some hot chocolate and watch television or read a book versus getting up and being active. Just because it’s winter shouldn’t be a reason to become sedentary. Here are some ideas to help you stay active during this time of year.
If you’re an outdoor exerciser and cold weather isn’t your thing, find some place warm. Consider using the fitness center here at Cornwall Manor. Membership to the fitness center is included for residents. You can also walk through the hallways of an apartment building. Add some extra intensity by walking on the first floor and then walk up the steps to the next floor and so on. Walking up flights of stairs can be an effective workout. You can also create a gym at home by purchasing a set or two of hand-weights, a set of ankle weights, stretch bands, an exercise ball, a stationary bike or treadmill. This way you wouldn’t need to leave the comfort of your home to get a good workout.
Exercise videos or DVD’s could be a nice change of pace to liven up an exercise routine. There are many different videos to choose from that are appropriate for all exercise levels. Water exercise is another option. Swimming, water aerobics or water walking are great ways to keep active—and water exercise is great for people who have been affected with arthritis.
Keep in mind that the pool and fitness center at Cornwall Manor are available all seasons to help you achieve your fitness and health goals and membership to both are now included with your monthly fee. If you exercise outdoors in the winter, remember these tips:
Warm up adequately. Cold temperatures make muscles tight, so the warm-up and stretching period is crucial in helping to prevent injuries. Layer up. Dressing in layers helps to insulate your body and also gives you the option to remove a layer of clothing if you do get too hot. Be sure that the layer closest to your skin allows moisture to be wicked away and that the outermost layer is wind and water-resistant.
Drink up. Even though you may only think about getting dehydrated in warmer temperatures, dehydration can still set in during winter exercise. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids prior, during and after exercise.