It may be worth the winter chills to get outside and exercise this January.
Many people understand the importance of including regular exercise and fitness into their daily lives--increased health and wellness, reduced risk of developing life threatening diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, and a happy, healthier you. Because of this, and many other beneficial reasons, many people, year after year, opt to make "working out more" one of their new year's resolutions in hopes of starting a better year for themselves.
However, like with many other difficult new year's resolutions, exercising every day is difficult to keep up with, especially when the temperature has dropped
below zero and the snow has put a fresh blanket of white over the world outside. In weather such as this, there is nothing that we usually want to do more than to hibernate inside of our warm, cozy homes and curtail our fitness plans all together.
Unfortunately, the winter months are often the time that we need to exercise the most. Plus, many studies have shown that regular exercise not only helps our physical health, but it is also very beneficial to our mental health as well. In fact, exercise has been proven to help combat winter depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which affects thousands of people each and every year.
By increasing your heart rate and improving circulation, exercise also increases the supply of vital oxygen to the cells in our brain, muscles and other organs, improving our overall body functions
However, despite all of the many proven benefits that exercise can bring, we here at Clear Water Outdoors understand that it is still very difficult to motivate yourself to get outside and exercise in the winter months. To help you get started, here are just a few tips for staying fit through the winter:
Try To Exercise Every Day
Even in the winter months, it is important to do something active every day
. This may mean simply taking the stairs at work, rather than the elevator, or fitting in some simple stretches in the morning before you head out to run your errands. Something, even as little as 15 minutes of heart-pumping activity, is better than nothing.
Do Something You Enjoy
The hardest part of any exercise routine is planning out a new regimen and actually executing it. However, before you get started, figure out what type of physical activities you are most likely to do, and think about when and how you would be most likely to follow through with them. The best way to get back into the swing of a regular exercise routine is to do something that you enjoy. For instance, instead of lifting weights, play a game of basketball or go to a dance class. Doing something that you love to do will help you to stick with your routine.
Make Specific Goals
One reason that many people often give up on their new year's resolutions is because they do not set up specific goals for themselves. For instance, instead of resolving to "work out more," promise yourself that you will go to the gym
four times a week or do a set of crunches before work every morning. Setting concrete goals for yourself will help you to meet your aim.