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January 31, 2014

Staying Healthy: Get Your Exercise In When It's Cold Outside

There’s a chill in the air and snow is already falling. That’s great weather for snuggling on the sofa with a good book, but not necessarily for sticking with your exercise routine. Cold weather can throw even the most diligent exercisers off their game. For older adults who get great benefits from regular exercise, it’s a good idea to find ways to keep moving through the winter months.

Here, we share some suggestions on how to heat up your exercise routine when it’s cold outside:

Bundle Up And Keep At It

If you’re determined to keep using your outdoor walking or jogging route, take a few extra precautions in cold weather. Dress in layers so you don’t get overheated or too cold during your exercise. Keep away chills by wearing a sweat wicking layer close to your skin, even if you have more layers over it. Also, take care to protect your ears, hands, and feet from frostbite with a hat, gloves, and thick socks.

It’s also worthwhile checking weather conditions before you head out. If there’s ice on roads and sidewalks, a severe wind chill, or if it’s raining, you may want to opt for exercise indoors instead. Ice can be a slipping and injury hazard that could set you back in your fitness goals. Severe cold or rain, meanwhile, can make it difficult to maintain your core body temperature and make you susceptible to illness.

Change Up Your Routine

If exercising outside in the cold sounds like a drag, you may want to move your exercise indoors during the cold winter months. The most important part of establishing an exercise routine is sticking with it, so it’s best to pick something you know you’ll enjoy. Some malls and indoor shopping centers open early so people can walk the halls in a warm, safe environment. You can also check out local recreation centers that have exercise rooms, or indoor community pools where you can swim laps or perform water aerobics.

If you don’t like to drive in wintery conditions, or if you prefer to exercise alone, there are many options for home exercise. A simple routine of light weight lifting and aerobics can keep your body strong until the sun starts shining again. You can also look for some home workout videos that can lead you through a workout or yoga routine right in your living room.

Want to learn more about keeping healthy and fit as you get older? Download our free guide “How to Begin a Regular Exercise Routine” today!

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