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Staying Active During the Winter Months

Submitted by Champion, Hannah Bujnevicie

stay activeLiving in New England can get pretty cold during the winter months, which can make it challenging to continue your normal exercise routine. This is particularly true for people who enjoy exercising outdoors, yet it is necessary to stay active all year long. Staying active will boost your immunity, prevent the typical holiday weight gain, and maintain fitness levels.

Here are some tips on how to stay moving!
Join a Gym

One easy way to stay active all year round is to join a gym or fitness center.  You can choose to only become a member for the winter months; however this may be more costly. Yet, gyms and fitness centers offer a variety of indoor activities that you can participate in, such as exercise equipment, fitness classes, weight training, personal training and perhaps indoor sports (basketball, volleyball, and more).

Participate in Winter Sports

Winter sports can offer a great workout and be fun too!  Depending upon where you live, there may be a number of activities that you can do when the weather gets cold.  Some great winter sports include skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and hockey.  Even sledding, shoveling, or building a snowman can be effective ways to get moving and enjoy the outdoors.

Change Other Lifestyle Behaviors

When you're not getting as much exercise and generally reduce levels of activity over the winter, it is also ideal to be more conscious of your food choices and other lifestyle behaviors. If you are not mindful, you may being eating more calories than expending, which will result in weight gain.  To do so, simply watch portion sizes, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables try not to overindulge in holiday treats, and maintain fitness routine. This can definitely be more challenging during winter months, but being more mindful will help your maintain overall weight and fitness level when you do not have the chance to be as active as normal.

How much exercise do you need each week? Check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for all age groups!