It can be down right depressing during the winter months in Wisconsin, and instinctively, we want to hunker down and get cozy as soon as we get home because it's cold, dark, and (sometimes) snowy.
Unfortunately, our health doesn't take a break just because the daylight hours are less, and the weather is well, frightful. In fact, we probably should be thinking MORE about exercise this time of year, considering the holiday parties and soirée damage.
Exercising in the winter is tough on many fronts, but I'm hoping this blog will help give you a few ideas for what you can do to keep your health in the fore-front of your mind, and to maybe create a few new habits.
This might seem like a no-brainer if you're shivering while reading this blog and thinking of the cold weather. Indoor exercise can mean a lot of things, and, much of it is about creativity. Try some of these ideas:
Winter in Wisconsin can be absolutely beautiful, but you have to be smart if you're going to be exercising outdoors. I personally enjoy getting outside, even for a few minutes in the winter, because the fresh air is crisp and refreshing and there are still many opportunities outdoors.
This time of year is great for getting a gym membership. Many gyms will run end-of-the-year specials/New-Years specials and you know it will always be climate controlled with no snow! Sign up with a friend for the extra accountability and fun! (Don't forget about Fort HealthCare and our wonderful cardiac rehab gym facility...IT'S FREE!)
Fitness classes are a great way to have something on the calendar, and to have the accountability tied to them. There are many opportunities in the area, and it's a great way to get out of the house and to have someone do the teachings for you! If you have friends/family that join, there's a great social aspect that comes with! Don't forget to check out Fort HealthCare's fitness classes by going to http://www.forthealthcare.com/classes-listing
Alright, I'm getting a bit wild in this category, but hear me out. There's LOTS of water opportunities in the area, and although the thought of having wet hair in the middle of winter might make you shudder, there's something so nice about being able to play in the pool, get a great workout, and feel a little bit (in that moment) that you are somewhere tropical. We're so fortunate to have various pools in the area that offer:
Check out one of these opportunities today!
Yes winter can stink sometimes, but we can't let that excuse get in our way. We have to be sure we are taking our health into our own hands, and making a plan that works for you. Finding the motivation to exercise can be a struggle, and a hard thing to address year round, BUT, taking the time to try new things, new workouts, and even new ideas can inspire and get you out of the funk. Try something different this you just might be hooked.
Until next time!