We all find ways to enjoy ourselves during winter, whether it’s indoors or outdoors. While you might think that the colder time of year isn’t the best for staying fit, you should think again! Here are a few options you can consider.
While we might be well aware of winter activities, fewer of us know how they benefit our fitness and what areas of the body they engage. The better you know this, the more practically and strategically you can choose between activities. Climbing a hill with a sled will keep your legs busy and offer solid cardio, as does ice skating. Cross-country skiing, however, is the highlight of casual winter exercise, as it engages a pretty wide range of muscle groups. Propulsion involves a significant amount of resistance due to low-traction, all while you’re working hard to stabilize yourself. This translates to a fairly comprehensive muscular and cardiovascular workout.
In winter, certain aspects of how we consume food and how our bodies use energy tend to change. While the story often goes that we burn more calories in the cold (and that’s frequently true), it’s been found that most people actually tend to gain weight during winter. This is because many of us grow a bigger appetite for carb-heavy items and stuff with higher calorie content. We also tend to stay indoors more, especially when that Christmas feast comes around, and treat ourselves in order to stay cozy and fight off the gloominess of the season. When you’re thinking about your winter workouts, don’t forget to bear your food choices in mind as well!
Taking Care of Yourself
Fitness doesn’t just mean working out all the time, it also means being fair to yourself and knowing how to keep your stress levels at bay. Relaxing in a jacuzzi after your winter workout, for example, can be an excellent way to unwind. Once you cool off a bit and your core body temperature is down, soaking in a hot tub and enjoying the jets can improve the circulation of blood throughout your muscles, relieving any soreness you might be prone to experience after some cross country skiing. However you choose to do it, be sure to stay active, eat smart, and take care of yourself during winter!
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