6 Ways to Stay Active in Winter

Is it cold outside? You’re darn right! Is that an excuse to abandon exercise? Absolutely not! Winter is here, folks, and it’s only going to get colder. But that’s no reason to shelf your active lifestyle until the arrival of spring. While avoiding exposure to the elements makes sense — and frankly, is advisable — there are plenty of ways to stay in shape in an indoor environment. If you haven’t exercised in a while, check with your doctor to see if you’re healthy enough.

Join a Gym

Did you know that several HomeFirstTM Communities have fitness centers? From cardio equipment to strength training machines, they have all the equipment you need to stay in shape this winter. Make it a goal to perform a medium- to high-intensity workout at least few times a week. Membership to HomeFirstTM fitness centers is free for all residents, including renters. Visit the front office for more information about your gym.

Get Off the Couch

Get healthy while watching your favorite shows – but instead of watching them from the couch, get on the floor and do some exercises! Pushups, crunches, planks, squats and roadrunners are all examples of exercises that you can do in front of the TV without needing extra equipment. This strategy will also prevent you from binging on snacks while you watch your show.

Take the Stairs

If you have an elevator at work, ditch it in favor of the stairs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a 150-pound person burns approximately 10 calories walking upstairs in just one minute. Do that a few times a day and you could potentially burn 50-60 pounds. It’s just enough activity to elevate your heart rate without causing you to sweat.

Keep It Clean

If you’re wandering around the house looking for something productive to do, grab a mop! An underrated exercise activity, cleaning requires bending, squatting, reaching, scrubbing and more — heck, it’s a full body workout! Plus, there’s a direction relationship between effort and result: The harder you work, the more calories you’ll burn, and the cleaner your house will be. You can crank out some tunes to make the “workout” extra fun.

Try a Winter Sport

It’s never too late to try a new sport! There’s a plethora of winter sports that will keep you active and entertained through this long winter, including ice skating, hockey, snowboarding and skiing. Indoor basketball and tennis are also good options if you’re looking to escape the cold altogether!

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