Winterize Your Exercise

Don’t let chilly, dark days dampen your fitness goals. Your body needs year-round exercise, so start booking activities on your calendar every week. Try something new and have fun:

Pool classes provide a perfect warm-up plus excellent exercise routines, including lap swimming, shallow or deep-water muscle workouts, and yoga routines for improved flexibility, strength and vitality. 

Indoors? You can’t beat the convenience of at-home exercise to save time, money and fuss — and you’re more likely to stick with it. Get a floor mat for core exercises and yoga. Try tai chi workouts. Include strength-training options. Add some music.

Outdoors? Cold weather can pose risks, including darkness, frostbite and icy pavement, but exercisers can usually avoid trouble: Check the forecast. Warm up first indoors. Cover your head and hands and bundle up in windproof, layered clothing to combat wind chill. Use reflective tape for visibility. 

Partner up. Walk your dog, play soccer or ice skate with the kids. Ride a bike when the sun shines, or try snowshoeing, Nordic skiing or enjoy an invigorating jog. 

Added benefit: Exercise boosts your immunity during cold and flu season. Just a few minutes a day can help prevent simple bacterial and viral infections, according to the CDC.

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