Inspiration: Wintertime Exercise
If you’re like most cold-weather dwellers, staying active in the winter months does not come easy.
Cozying up to the fire, indulging in comfort foods, and avoiding bundling up to venture out in the freezing temps is oh so familiar this time of year.
Although many lifestyle choices impact your immune system, maintaining a regular exercise routine is said to contribute in avoiding the dreaded sneezing and stuffy-nose cold, making wintertime activity even more important.
This post isn’t for the happy habitual gym attendee, but instead should inspire the outdoor-loving folks who are hoping for some fun ways to stay active this winter.
Let’s get started with the classics…
Hit the slopes! With a bit of a drive, skiing or snowboarding is hopefully close by and is a nice weekend adventure that makes exercise fun and challenging. Ice skating dates back to the 13th century, so it’s no wonder why it’s top of mind as the temperature drops. Its fun for the whole family and you’ll use various muscles you might not normally use for balance and speed.
Not as nimble? With proper footwear, a walk or hike is a great way to stay active, and Fido enjoys it too! A simple .gov search online will show what state parks are open and maintained during the winter months for your convenience.
Try taking it up a notch with snowshoes! Used to balance on the snow, instead of stomping through it, allowing you to take the less beaten path or head right outdoors after a snowfall, no shoveling or plows needed!
Speaking of shoveling, according to The American College of Sports Medicine, shoveling snow can increase energy expenditure about 5 to 7 times above your resting metabolic rate . Now you don’t have to dread the next snow fall, embrace that shovel for a healthier you!
Or you can head for the hills! When was the last time you went sledding? For me it must have been 20 years ago. That’s changing this year! Think about the hike back up the hill, heart is pounding, legs weak, but you can’t wait for the thrill of sliding back down. Certainly fun for the kiddos, as a date with friends or a romantic outing with your honey (hot chocolate required!)
By Katie Gillis
Katie Gillis is the Digital Marketing Manager at Emerson Ecologics, focused on delivering practitioners information and inspiration via our online platforms including websites and social media channels.
 Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2011 Aug;43(8):1575-81. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31821ece12.