MAYWOOD, Ill. â Itâs cold. The ground is covered with snow and ice and the amount of sunshine seen each day is minimalânot the most inspirational time for fitness. Though your body may be layered under sweatshirts and coats, staying active and healthy is important no matter what the temperature is outside. âItâs hard to stay motivated in the winter. When temperatures plummet, the last thing we want to do is leave the comfort and warmth of our home. But winter is not a good excuse to give up our fitness routines,â said Kara Smith, personal trainer and special events coordinator at the Loyola Center for Fitness. Hereâs just a few ways to get out, exercise and have a good time in the winter: Downhill skiing Cross-country skiing Snowshoeing Hockey or ice skating Build a snowman Shovel snow, but remember to lift with your legs, not your back and use a small shovel so you are not lifting too much weight. Sledding Start a snowball fight, preferably with people you know.
Whatever you choose to do outdoors make sure your body is prepared for the weather:
Wear layers. This helps trap heat and will keep you warmer. Wear a hat, gloves and scarf to limit the risk of frostbite. Drink lots of water. Winter is a very dry time of year and your body needs the extra water to stay hydrated.
If you need more incentive, try these weight-maintenance tips to get you off the couch: Keep a pair of summer shorts in the drawer and try them on every couple of weeks to make sure they still fit. Find an exercise partner. Schedule time with a friend to exercise and get together for healthy potlucks and weigh-ins. Find out what fruits and veggies are in season and discover new recipes you can share at the healthy potlucks. Purchase a gym membership. Most fitness centers have promotions going on in January. Try something new. Purchase a new fitness video you can do at home or start a new fitness activity to keep you going till spring. Winter doesnât last forever, so stop hibernating and get out and enjoy what the season has to offer. For media inquiries, please contact Evie Polsley at email@example.com or call (708) 216-5313 or (708) 417-5100.