The cold temperatures may have you in hibernation mode, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a couch potato. Getting out to exercise is more challenging in the winter months, and while it is tempting to reduce your amount of physical activity, reducing or eliminating exercise could lead to problems down the road.
Here are a few reasons why you should keep exercising throughout the winter months:
- Increase your energy with exercise. When you feel tired, exercise may be the last thing you want to do, but it can actually boost your energy level. Your endurance and strength will improve with regular physical activity.
- Exercise can help prevent falls. Leg weakness is a risk factor for falls, so improving your strength and balance can help keep you on your feet.
- Manage joint pain by exercising. You may notice increased joint pain and stiffness in the winter months, especially if you have arthritis. Staying active will help you manage these symptoms.
- Exercise to make up for extra calories. Not only do most of us eat more during the winter months and holidays, but we are typically more sedentary, so we don’t burn as many calories as we typically would at our normal activity level during warmer months. Add exercise to your “to-do” list to prevent weight gain.
Contact us if we can help to keep you moving this winter.