With colder temperatures and fewer daylight hours, many of us feel like hibernating—maybe vegging out in front of the television. For me, it’s curling up with a good book. Hibernation may be good for bears, but not for us! I want to urge all of us to get off the couch and exercise this winter, even if it’s a little cold outside. This will not only keep you from gaining weight during the winter, but will help combat stress and keep you sane. All it takes is a little planning and willingness to try new activities that you may not have ever done before. I got a brand-new pair of snowshoes, poles, and gloves for Christmas and am committed to spending many hours this winter enjoying the pristine snow and peaceful woods around Lake Tahoe! So get out there, folks, just as I am doing—find some new activities to try on the list below and GET MOVING!
- Put on your favorite music and DANCE LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING!
- Join a fitness class at your local gym
- Buy yourself a great gift—maybe that stationary bike or exercise equipment you’ve known you should have
- Dig out the ol’ hula hoop from the garage and have a contest to see who in your family can “hula” the longest
- Suggest a break during work meetings; encourage your co-workers to climb the stairs or walk at lunchtime
- Hit the ski slopes
- Shovel the snow from your sidewalks
- Go skating at an indoor skating rink
- Go tobogganing or snow-tubing
- Try snowshoeing—get out into nature!
- Join a martial-arts program
- Learn how to rock-wall climb
- Collect and chop firewood
- Take a friend for a walking tour of a gallery or museum
- Do sit-ups, crunches, push-ups, and stretching exercises in the privacy of your home
- Try a little dog sledding (Who knows? Maybe you will have more fun than you think!)
- Join a mall-walking program; if your local mall doesn’t have one, think about talking to the mall manager about starting one
And remember: If you haven’t exercised regularly in a while or have other restrictions, we recommend that you check with your physician before undertaking intensive physical activities.