Get Outside!

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Posted December 4, 2023
Caitlin Williams
BKin(Hon), MSc(PT), MScCl(Manip Ther), DPT, FCAMPT

As the temperature begins to drop, it gets very tempting to hibernate indoors and snuggle up with a cup of hot cocoa. However, staying active during the winter months is not only essential for maintaining physical health but also for boosting mood and energy levels. In this blog, we’ll explore the benefits of staying active in winter and provide practical tips to help you embrace the chill and keep moving! 

  1. Boosts Mood and Fights Winter Blues:

The winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), can affect many people during the colder months. Physical activity has been proven to release endorphins, the “feel-good” hormones, which can help combat feelings of being sad and tired.

  1. Strengthens the Immune System:

Regular exercise has been linked to a stronger immune system, which is crucial during the flu and cold season. By staying active, you can help your body defend itself against common winter illnesses.

  1. Maintains Physical Fitness:

It’s easy to fall out of a fitness routine when it’s cold outside, but maintaining physical activity is key to overall health. Whether it’s a winter sport, a brisk walk, or indoor workouts, keeping your body moving helps maintain cardiovascular health, muscle strength, and flexibility.

  1. Enhances Energy Levels:

Despite the cold weather, staying active can actually increase your energy levels. Exercise improves circulation and oxygen flow, providing a natural energy boost to help you power through the winter blues.

Tips for Staying Active in Winter:

  1. Bundle Up and Get Outside:

 Wear the proper winter gear such as insulated jackets, gloves, and hats. With the right clothing, outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, or even a simple walk can be enjoyable and invigorating.

  1. Try Winter Sports:

Take advantage of the winter weather by trying activities like ice skating, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, or snowboarding!  These sports not only provide an excellent workout but also make the most of the season.

  1. Indoor Workouts:

If the cold is too much to bear, consider indoor workouts. Join a gym, find a local indoor walking track (Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre in Marden has a great one!), or even follow an online workout routine.  

  1. Embrace Seasonal Activities:

Take advantage of seasonal activities like building snowmen, having a snowball fight, or a local favourite, tobogganing! 

Don’t let the winter chill be an excuse to hibernate. Staying active during the colder months is not only good for your physical health but also crucial for maintaining a positive mindset. Whether you’re bundling up for outdoor adventures or opting for indoor workouts, finding ways to keep moving will help you embrace the winter season with energy and vitality. So, grab your winter gear, lace up those boots, and let the chilly season be an opportunity to discover new ways to stay active and healthy.  Spring is just around the corner. 😉