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10 Top Winter Fitness Tips

10 Top Winter Fitness Tips

Just because the snow is piled above your head is no excuse to mope around on the couch. Here are ten top  winter fitness tips!

Walk. It’s easy; it just takes a good pair of shoes or boots.  With boots and a coat, the extra weight makes it even better exercise.  Just be careful of icy patches on the ground.

Run. Running is like walking fast.  You won’t need as warm clothes for running as for walking, because your body will generate more heat.  And vigorous exercise appears to ward off disease.

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Skate, snowshoe or ski. If running seems too pedestrian for you, these are some great variations custom-made for winter. They are ideal for getting family and friends to share an activity together while keeping fit.  You will need some equipment and a place to do it, so this is more of an “outing” than walking or running.”

Geocache.  This is a fun activity that will get you out and moving about. You’ll need GPS (such as on your cell phone) and Internet access. Find treasures hidden in your area at the official Geocaching web site. Then the hunt is on!

Shovel. The one upside about winter is that it forces me to exercise just to get out my door.  Be careful about twisting your body incorrectly.

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Snow angels.  Who says you have to be a kid to make snow angels?  It’s fun for adults and it gets you out into the snow, which is already better than staying on the couch.

Snowmen.  The snow angels need snowmen to watch over.  As long as the snow has some stickiness, you can build snowmen, snow women, snow puppies or even a snow fort.

Snowball fight.  It doesn’t matter what age you are, a snowball fight is always fun.  And it is a fine way to get moving in winter weather.

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Slide.  Hopping on a toboggan or a sled, throwing your hands in up in the air and crying out “Whee!” might not seem like a lot of exercise, but climbing up the hill in the first place is great for winter fitness.

Stairs. Speaking of climbing, take the stairs.  Whenever you get the chance, avoid elevators and escalators.  Stairs are your indoor gym to help you make up for the walking that you probably do less of in winter.

If you can’t wait for spring to come around, at least keep fit in the meantime.  How many of these ten ideas can you put to use this week?

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Sources – Staying Fit During the Winter and Checklist: 10 Ways to Stay Fit in Winter

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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