Snow has fallen and roads are icy. This means we are now limited to the amount of exercises we can partake in outdoors. But it doesn’t mean we can’t stay fit during the winter season.
Outdoor activities include the following: downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, sledding, running (place grips on bottom of shoes for safety), and walking.
Indoor activities include the following: elliptical, treadmills, bicycles, weight machines, swimming, and yoga.
There are many more activities, but these are some of the basics.
So the question at hand is how do we stay fit during the winter? Though many exercises have been listed, it still doesn’t explain how to become healthy and stay healthy. There are many factors to consider when talking about health.
First, how are your eating habits? Does food consumption consist of eating fast-food on the fly or properly planning meals? The goal, when eating, is to eat at least five to six times a day. This takes preparation. (The reason we want to eat small amounts is because it keeps the metabolism working all day. Also, by eating smaller amounts of food, it will prevent a person from over-eating or being a glutton at one meal. When we only eat one, two, or three meals a day, we essentially gorge the body with food, then fast, and then gorge ourselves again.) It is important to consume lots of vegetables and protein, then fruits, carbs, and dairy. Eating as many natural foods as possible regulates the body and keeps it properly functioning. And don’t forget to drink water. It is important to drink at least eight water glasses a day. Keeping the body hydrated allows toxins to be flushed out of the body and maintains a proper ph level. Your body will thank you for it by having no headaches or body aches.
Next, it is important to be kind to the body. A big problem for many people is stress. Control the stress! Eliminate anything that causes stress. Stress causes bad eating habits, bodily harm- such as grinding teeth, weight gain, frustration, heart conditions, lack of sleep, and so many other problems. Again, it is important to drink the proper fluids- water! Water is the best drink possible. Sleep is extremely important. Let the body relax. Try getting six to eight hours of sleep every night. Exercise at least thirty minutes a day. One hour of exercise is even better. Anything to increase the heart rate and move the body is important for mental and physical health. And don’t forget to take personal time. Down time, or time for oneself, is extremely important for one’s own mental health.
Lastly, it is important to exercise. Cardio vs. weightlifting, which should a person do? Why not incorporate both types of exercises. Try performing thirty minutes of cardio. Cardio includes anything that gets the heart-rate up. Speed walking, running, basketball, soccer, and tennis are all good examples of cardio exercises. Weight-lifting should be incorporated to an exercise routine at least three times a week for at least thirty minutes. Weight-lifting machines, free-style weights, and even yoga are all part of weight routines. The best part, be unconventional. Do moves that work best for the individual. Try placing a yoga ball on the wall and do wall sits with weights in hand. Try high stair-steps with a small weight lift after each move. Lunges and squats are great to incorporate. Whether exercising at the gym or wanting to stay in the privacy of the home, there should be no excuses why exercising isn’t possible.
Time and money can be two of the biggest factors why people aren’t always healthy. Make this coming year different. Make a goal that YOU are put first. Many women put everyone else before themselves. Stop this habit. Be healthy for everyone by taking the time to put yourself first. Positive changes that can’t even be imagined are possible. Your body will thank you, family will thank you, and you will feel better.
Staying healthy this winter is possible. Put a little time and effort into the food, exercise, eating, and mental-health schedules and all will turn out great.