Tips for Beating the Freeze and Staying Fit

So you’ve done it: you consulted with your doctor, you created a wellness plan that included regular exercise, and you’ve managed to stick with it so far. Fantastic! But now it’s winter, and not only are you struggling for new ideas to keep active, but the weather isn’t helping your motivation. No worries—ImagineCare is here to help!

The winter months can make finding the time and energy to exercise feel like an overwhelming task. Between the shorter days and frigid temperatures, sometimes it just seems easier to set your exercise and wellness goals on the backburner...but don’t! While it’s okay to take the occasional day off, sticking to your normal exercise routine will help you maintain your gains and keep you from feeling sluggish over the holidays.

Not sure what activities you can do in this winter weather? Here are some ideas from the ImagineCare team:

Cross-Country Skiing
Calories Burned Per Hour: 576

This is a great workout for both your upper and lower body. If distance skiing isn’t your thing, try downhill skiing for an equally effective workout.
 

Snowboarding
Calories Burned Per Hour: 429

Tired of skiing and looking for a new challenge? Try snowboarding to strengthen your legs and core.
 

Snowshoeing
Calories Burned Per Hour: 576

Similar to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing is another alternative to running during the winter months. Take a friend and enjoy the scenery during your adventure.
 

Sledding
Calories Burned per Hour: 468

Unleash your inner child and spend an afternoon sledding. All that walking uphill and steering burns calories and helps strengthen your core.
 

Ice-skating
Calories Burned Per Hour: 504

The great thing about ice skating is you that you can participate outdoors AND indoors! It’s also a great activity for families and children.
 

Have a Snowball Fight
Calories Burned Per Hour: 520

Another great activity to do with children, a good old fashioned snowball fight will get your heart rate up. Any activities that involve playing in the snow accomplish the same goal.
 

Ice Hockey
Calories Burned Per Hour: 549

Take ice-skating to the next level by playing ice hockey. This fast-paced activity can also be played outdoors or indoors and is sure to get your blood pumping.
 

Meditate
Calories Burned Per Hour: 71

Although meditation doesn’t burn a lot of calories, using it to block out distractions, manage stress, and focus on relaxation has long-term health benefits such as lowering heart rate and boosting immunity.
 

Yoga
Calories Burned Per Hour: 300

Yoga is also a lower-calorie burning activity, but in addition to its stress-reduction benefits, yoga can also build muscle strength, improve flexibility, and increase blood flow.