As the weather begins to get colder, the days get shorter and sunny skies are replaced by drizzly, cloudy ones it’s very tempting to stay inside – and on the couch – far more often than you did in the summer, when the nice weather made it much harder to stay indoors. And that is understandable. If it’s cold outside what could be nicer than curling up with a hot drink, popcorn and all of the new content on Netflix?
However, remaining active all year long is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being. Not only can long periods of inactivity lead to weight gain and general sluggishness but it can also lead to anxiety and depression. You don’t have to take up cross country skiing to remain active during the colder months though (although if you are up for the challenge why not..?) Here are just a few effective ways that you can remain fit and active when the temperatures begin to fall that won’t break the bank and might even add something extra to your overall enjoyment of the colder seasons:
Walk the Mall
As holiday shopping season is fast approaching the chances are that you are going to be heading out to the mall at least a few times anyway. So with that in mind why not turn the mall (in your mind anyway) as an indoor walking track? Many malls do actually have organized mall walking clubs and events that make things rather fun and social but even if they don’t mall walking is a great way to get those daily steps in without freezing yourself half to death. You may want to leave your wallet at home sometimes though and stick to window shopping…
Make Use of the Local Indoor Pool
Most of us love to take a dip in the pool during the summer but as soon as Labor Day is over and the outdoor pools all close we tend to forget how much fun – and what great exercise – swimming is.
That need not be the case though. There are a number of great indoor pool facilities in our area, not just at private gyms but at community centers like the Matt Ross Community Center that will be open all Fall and Winter long to provide you with the chance to get a great workout that is effective while still being rather gentle on the body overall.
Join an Indoor Team or Take an Indoor Class
Speaking of local gyms and community centers many of them offer all kinds of activities and classes that will keep you engaged and active during the colder months. From aerobics and basketball to circuit training or Zumba there is usually something for everyone and some activities can even be turned into a family affair, making them even more fun.
Just Get Outside
OK, so it’s cold out, but that does not mean you can’t have fun and stay fit, you just need to wrap up and get out there. You don’t even need to take part in a formal activity like skiing or skating – although those are both great ideas – even a leisurely walk among the fall leaves or a snowman building session burns calories and keeps you active. And then yes, you can come back inside and enjoy that Netflix and cocoa as a reward!
Note: Link for Matt Ross Community Center http://www.opkansas.org/things-to-see-and-do/community-centers/matt-ross-community-center/mrcc-pools/
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