by guest blogger, Jason Lewis
We all know exercise is good for us. When the seasons change and the icy weather starts rolling in, however, it can be difficult to keep up with at fitness routine during the cooler months. If you’ve ever fallen off the fitness bandwagon in the winter, you’re not alone. Luckily, there are ways to get your workout groove back so you can continue making healthy choices all year round.
Even if winter has you indoors, you can stay warm while working out - and you’ll enjoy all the other benefits of exercise at the same time. Here are a few fun exercises you can do anywhere:
Yoga. As you might already know, yoga calms the mind and body while also soothing the soul. What you might not realize, however, is that yoga is also a form of exercise that can help you strengthen your core muscles, which naturally improves your balance. Because it’s low-impact, many of the basic yoga poses are safe for most ages, fitness levels, and experience levels. Just consult with a trained yoga instructor to learn how to perform each pose without overstretching your muscles or straining any old injuries. Yoga can be performed anywhere, at any time, and usually doesn’t require any special materials, making it extremely easy to get started with a personal practice.
In addition to the above exercises, if your budget allows, consider investing in a few key pieces of home gym equipment. An elliptical machine and free weights can help you focus on cardiovascular health and muscle strength. You don’t have to have lots of space, the corner of a spare bedroom or an empty spot in the garage will be just fine.
Exercising is not something you do for your physical health alone. It has many mental health benefits, too. If you are one of the millions of Americans recovering from drug addiction and/or seasonal affective disorder, keeping your brain healthy through exercise during the winter months is every bit as important as keeping your body healthy through proper nutrition.
Speaking of nutrition, you need food to stay motivated, energized, and focused. But it’s much more difficult to access fresh fruits and vegetables (that actually taste good) in the off-season. Fitness Magazine’s list of seasonal fall and winter foods is a good starting place to help you plan a nutritionally balanced menu. Thankfully, potatoes, carrots, and mushrooms are on the list so you have plenty of options for winter-worthy comfort foods that won’t break the bank or bust to the scale.
Another thing that can make weight loss, health, and nutrition easier is a fresh food delivery service. Especially in the winter, meal delivery can come in handy. Even if you’re stuck indoors, and have no desire to go out in the cold, you can still enjoy fresh, healthy meals at home. Many meal delivery services have organic ingredients and recipes that are specially formulated to help you lose weight. Whether you’re looking for portion control, a new diet, or simply trying to incorporate healthier types of food into your meals, having delicious and healthful ingredients close at hand will make it easier to make long-lasting, healthy choices.
Regular exercise and nutrition deliver a host of benefits to your body, soul, and mind. That’s why it’s so important to find a way to sustain your healthy choices all year long, including during those winter months. Now that you know the benefits of working out, a few ways to sneak in activity indoors, and what to put on the menu to keep yourself energized and strong, you have no excuses. So get up, get moving, and get to trying some of the ideas listed above. Before you know it, winter will be over - and you’ll be fit, healthy, and ready for summer.
Jason Lewis is a personal trainer who is passionate about helping seniors stay healthy and injury-free. He created StrongWell to share his tips on senior fitness.
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