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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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?