Winterize Your Workouts

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Staying fit and healthy can become more challenging during the colder months, especially if you prefer exercising outdoors. But with the right combination of positivity and practicality, regular exercise and winter can go hand in hand. Below are 5 tips to help stay motivated and moving through any season:

Bundle Up and Continue Outdoors

Ok, let’s be real. There will be days where you won’t be going out due to the wind chill, ice, etc. In reality, however, not all winter days are unbearable. Dress in layers, grab a hat, gloves, sunglasses--maybe a scarf--and be sure to keep yourself visible. Stay committed to what you enjoy doing as best as you can.

Stay Positive and Practical

It starts with a mindset. Keep in mind that something is always better than nothing. Even if you may not be accumulating the same amount of exercise time per week as in the fall, staying engaged with any amount of exercise is always productive and worthwhile.

Keep Things Simple at Home

Overthinking exercise tends to be common not only in the winter months, but all year round. Think of basic exercises such as jumping jacks, squats, and push-ups. Exercises such as these can be done at home without any equipment. Remember, any exercise can be modified to meet your fitness level.

Find Something New

This could be a great time of year to try something different and fresh with exercise in an indoor setting. Perhaps it’s checking out a local fitness center for the first time, trying a new group exercise class, or starting to swim laps at an indoor pool. There’s plenty of variety to choose from, and there is no right or wrong exercise.

Remember Why Exercise is Important

Exercise can sometimes become just a checkbox on our weekly to do lists; especially during the winter when we may feel less likely to do it. But remember, exercise is a choice. Set realistic expectations and keep the benefits top of mind. Exercise can:

• Improve or maintain overall physical and mental health

• Enhance your mood

• Increase your energy level

• Improve your sleep

• Help you maintain your weight

Exercise is what you make it, no matter the season or what type of exercise you choose.

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Ryan Huxta, BS

Ryan Huxta, BS, is an exercise physiologist with LG Health Physicians Healthy Weight Management & Bariatric Surgery.

Education: He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Kinesiology and a focus in Exercise and Sport Science. Huxta has experience providing exercise and wellness education in one-on-one and group settings, and is grateful for the opportunity to help others help themselves to improve their quality of life.

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