Posted on Wednesday December 7th, 2016
Keeping active during the winter can be challenging. The days are shorter. And around here it gets COLD! But it’s still important to get regular exercise. Why? Because exercise:
- Increases your stamina and strength.
- Helps boost your immune system -- the body's defense against infections.
- Helps enhance your mood, and keep those ‘winter blues’ away.
Some winter exercise tips
- Walk the mall. Many malls open in the morning before their shops open. So you can get in your exercise before the crowds arrive.
- Visit a health club or gym. Choose one that’s convenient, and go regularly.
- Take a class or join a sports group. Working out with others is a good way to stay motivated. Many local organizations offer exercise and movement classes as well as indoor sports.
- Try a workout DVD. Most local libraries offer a good selection. Choose a time of day for your workout, and stick with it.
- Create a home gym. It can be as simple as weights. Or, if you have the space, equipment such as a treadmill or exercise bike.
- Do daily chores. You can burn 160 calories or more every hour when you do general housework.
If you intend to stay active outdoors during the winter, be sure you do it safely:
- Dress with the proper winter attire. The cold draws blood from your extremities to your body’s core, making you susceptible to frostbite.
- Wear a warm hat. You lose a lot of heat through your head.
- Choose the right footwear. Protect yourself against falls. Your shoes or boots should be insulated and provide traction on ice and snow.
- Put on sunscreen during the day. The winter sun is less intense, but you can still get sunburn if you’re not protected.
And always, before you begin any exercise program, it’s important to talk to your doctor.
Enjoy an active life at Lutheran Life Villages
A wide choice of exercise classes, as well as engaging daily activities, are all part of our vibrant community lifestyle. It’s another reason why Lutheran Life Villages is a leader in senior retirement living and senior healthcare in Northeast Indiana.
To learn more, call us at (260) 338-8657.