7 physical activity resolutions…just in time for colder weather!
There are so many ways to be active while enjoying winter and all it has to offer.
Don’t let the dark evenings and chilly weather stop you! Commit to keeping up your healthy, active lifestyle with these tips and ideas. Resolve to make physical activity part of your life this winter!
1. I will “gear up” for the change in weather.
Winter can be cold, icy and dark. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up your daily walk, bike ride or other outdoor activity. Dress in layers so you can shed or add clothing as the temperature changes. Wear mitts or gloves, a fleece or wool hat, warm footwear and breathable socks — and don’t forget about wearing reflectors or lights after dark for safety.
2. I will make the most of seasonal attractions.
Every winter there are tons of great opportunities to spend time moving outdoors. Spending a day at the ski slopes, skating and going for a winter hike are all great ways to take in the season and sneak in more steps than you realize.
3. I will opt for a lunchtime workout.
Unlike summer, when lunchtime is virtually the worst time to work out because of the heat, the middle of a winter day is actually the perfect time to get active. Try walking for 20 minutes, a relaxing yoga session or maybe go for a quick lunchtime skate. Not only will you burn calories, you’ll get a much-needed burst of energy to keep you going for the rest of your day.
4. I will go for a hike, at least once.
When the weather is nice and you’re feeling adventurous, check out a local trail and spend a day among the snow-covered landscape. Not only do you get to enjoy the beauty of the season, but you’ll also get all the benefits of physical activity and fresh, outdoor air.
5. I will create a back-up/rainy day plan.
There will likely be some days in the season where outdoor physical activity won’t be an option for you (we all have our breaking point). Plan ahead. Create a list of "go-to" indoor activities, such as squash, swimming, Zumba, hot yoga or dance. You can also make space in your home to do a 20-minute Pilates workout or yoga session.
6. I will consider getting active for a good cause.
Although fall is one of the most popular seasons for walking, running and biking charity events, there's no shortage of family-friendly activities during the winter months. Check your local listings to see what’s happening in your area, or sign up for an event that takes place in the spring — that commitment is bound to motivate you to stay active during the colder months.
7. I will get my family active too.
There are so many great activities you can do as a family. Here are just a few:
- Walk through a park or forest to enjoy the snow-covered landscape. It’s also fun to collect leaves, acorns and other fall offerings (these are great for craft time).
- Schedule a neighborhood scavenger hunt game (or any other game) for both parents and children.
- Build a snowman, or a snow family.
- Take a family walk around the block after dinner instead of heading to the couch to watch TV. Try and identify footprints in the snow.
- Schedule active play dates for your child. Take them to a variety of places to provide a new and exciting space for them to play (skating rink, indoor pool, indoor play centre or park).
- Have a two-minute dance party before sitting down to dinner.
This blog post was written by Rebecca Jones and originally appeared on the ParticipACTION blog on October 9, 2014.