How to Exercise in the Winter
When the weather gets colder outside it is easy to make the excuses and start hibernating. However, it is still possible to stay healthy and active in the winter.
Go to a gym
The good news about gyms is that they stay the perfect temperature all year round! Many gyms have exercise machines, indoor courts, indoor pools, and group exercise classes. Many local community centers, workplaces, and schools have free gyms you can use. If not you can always buy a gym membership at your local YMCA, planet fitness, etc.
Work out at home
If you do not have the time or money to get a gym membership, don’t worry! You do not need to leave your house to exercise. There are plenty of resources available in your own home.
- Follow a YouTube exercise video
- Run up and down the stairs
- Play music you like and dance as hard as you can for at least 30 minutes
- No equipment? No problem. Many household items such as chairs, sports balls, or cans of food for example can be used instead of expensive exercise equipment.
- Do as many jumping jacks, pushups, crunches, burpees, squats, etc. as you can during commercial breaks
Try out some winter sports
Memphis is not known for getting piles of snow. That does not mean that you have to miss out on the fun.
- Go ice skating downtown at the Fourth Bluffs (Downtown Memphis)
- Go to an indoor ice arena to try out a a new sport such as ice hockey
- Take a trip and go sledding, skiing, or snowboarding
Reward yourself with warmth
If you want to go on a walk or job but need that extra push, try rewarding yourself at the end of the work out so you have something to look forward to while you are cold outside.
- Take a long hot bath/shower
- Snuggle up under some blankets with some hot tea
- Treat yourself to a massage at the end of the winter
Written by: Vidisha Paranjpe, University of Memphis Dietetic Intern