Staying Active During Winter.
If you’re like me, you don’t get excited about seeing -20 degrees in the forecast. Or even worse, -30. Welcome to another Canadian winter!
It’s easy to give into the “winter blahs” but winter is far too long to let all of our good habits go to waste. Like many of you, I struggle to stay active during the winter months and keep my energy levels up. But I feel much better (happier, more energetic, stronger, less stressed) when I’m active. It may not always happen naturally when the weather is less than inviting but it’s still possible to make it through the winter months and stay in great shape.
This winter, think about trying something new. If you’re a runner who dislikes running outside in these conditions, you may want to take your workout indoors. Try switching from the streets to the treadmill, adding a few extra layers, or taking a new class at the gym. It’s worth the effort!
Here are some tips and activities for staying active during the winter months:
- Keep a routine – this is often half the battle;
- Take the stairs;
- Try a fun winter activity: skiing, snowshoeing, skating, snowboarding, and sledding are all great winter activities to try on a snowy day;
- Bundle up – dress for the season. Being outdoors is much more enjoyable when you’re dressed properly! Windproof and sweat-wicking fabrics are key. Dress in layers and don’t forget your mittens.
- Stay hydrated – it’s just as important in the winter as the summer, even though you might not feel thirsty.
Don’t hibernate this winter. Get out there and enjoy it!