Warm Up with ExerciseIN ORTHOPEDICS
You'll probably be pleased at what great shape you'll be in next spring if you exercise through the winter. In addition, winter exercise is a great way to keep your mood up, boost your energy, sleep better at night, and burn off holiday calories. But we all know winter exercise has its own unique set of challenges. Here are some tips to help you overcome the challenges, stay motivated, and make the most of your time.
Think of the Benefits
The benefits of exercising during the fall and winter are abundant, and just thinking about them can be a powerful motivator. Benefits may include:
- improving your mood and staving off the winter blues
- increasing your energy
- maintaining a healthy weight
- sleeping more soundly at night
Post these motivators where you will see them often.
Four Tips for Success
As your thoughts turn to what kinds of exercise you'll do over the winter, keep these four principles in mind:
- Balance the four main types of exercise: endurance (for example, walking or household cleaning), strength (weights or push-ups), balance (Tai Chi), and flexibility (stretching or yoga).
- Find a workout buddy. Sharing your exercise time with your spouse or a friend can add to the enjoyment and be a great motivator.
- Don't fret if you miss a day of exercise. Just get back on schedule as soon as you can.
- Set aside a total of 30 minutes most days. Your exercise does not have to be strenuous or even done all at one time. Split your 30 minutes up into 10-minute segments if it's more convenient.
Indoor Exercise Ideas
On those days when the weather is simply too cold or messy, how will you exercise? Don't let the weather sidetrack your plans. Here are some ways ideas to consider:
- Buy equipment for use at home.
- Join a club or enroll in a class.
- Walk indoors at the mall or a museum.
|Tips for Outdoor Cold-Weather Exercise|
Outdoor exercise in the winter can be beautiful and invigorating, but there are a few things you must remember in order to have a safe and comfortable time. The Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic.com) suggests that you
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