We all know regular physical activity is important for better health – it can help you control your weight, reduce your risk of a whole host of diseases, improve your mental health and increase your chances of living longer.
But how do you keep active when the temperatures drop and the sidewalks are covered in snow?
Take a walk indoors
Take a stroll in your local mall or a local skywalk system, or see if a nearby school allows walkers. Get creative at work or at home by taking laps through the building, running or walking up and down the stairs or marching in place while watching TV.
Bundle up for outdoor fun
Grab some layers and boots with good traction and head outside. Walking, building a snowman, ice skating, skiing, snowboarding – there are plenty of ways to enjoy the colder outdoors if you take the proper precautions.
Ramp up your heart rate in your living room
If you don’t want to leave the house, search YouTube for a variety of videos to get you moving. Try walking at home, strength training without weights or yoga.
Advocate for activity-friendly communities
One of the most important things you can do to make physical activity easier for you and your neighbors is to advocate for a more walkable community. Do you have a safe, convenient place to walk right outside your door? Does everyone in your community? If not, learn how to become an advocate and work with your local government on improving your streets and sidewalks.