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How to Skip Hibernation and Stay Active This Winter

Posted on December 18, 2014 by Core Products There have been 0 comments

Let’s face it: when cold temperatures settle in and precipitation mounts, it can be tough to get out and exercise regularly. Maybe you’re an outdoor running enthusiast who feels trapped inside or a gym buff who would rather not brave the cold commute. Whatever the case may be, consistent exercise year-round not only makes us feel better – it also helps stave off viruses that seem to get passed around the office so easily this time of year. Whether at home or in the office, here are our top 5 tips for getting your blood pumping while the snow is blowing:

  1. Stretch! Stretching is an important part of any exercise regimen, and can help refresh you during long days at your desk. Pause for a few minutes midday to stretch your arms, legs, and core, holding each position for 30 seconds.
  2. Walk, don’t email. Need to communicate with your coworker down the hall? Get up and pay him or her a face-to-face visit. Walking is a great way to boost circulation during an otherwise sedentary day, and intentionally carving out time to replace virtual communication with on-your-feet activity will help increase your walking time throughout the day.
  3. Revisit those workout videos. Remember the days of skin-tight unitards and tube socks with sneakers? Well, feel free to skip the attire, but consider turning on a workout video to get your heart rate up in the comfort of your own home.
  4. Find a buddy. It can be hard to motivate ourselves to maintain a healthy routine, so pair off with a coworker or family member who has similar goals. Schedule coffee walks periodically throughout the day or set aside time in the morning or evening to do some at-home exercises together – no equipment required!
  5. Get cleaning. Did you know an hour of housework can burn up to 200 calories? Make it a priority to limit couch time and reallocate it for scrubbing, washing, organizing, and vacuuming. Hate chores? Turn up your favorite tunes, and go ahead – use that broom handle as a microphone.

What other ways have you found to stay healthy during cold winter months? 

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