Keep Moving This Winter
During the colder winter months, it’s easy to skip the gym in favor of snuggling up in a blanket and watching a movie. But you don’t have to let the cold weather put a damper on your fitness routine, says Nurse Rose Melendez, RN.
Why is exercise important for our health?
Nurse Rose: Exercise is very important for your overall health for a number of reasons. Exercise can:
- Lower your blood pressure
- Reduce the bad cholesterol
- Cut your risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke
- Help you keep a healthy weight
- Reduce stress and boost your mood
How can we stay physically active during the winter?
Nurse Rose: Stay on top of your fitness routine this winter with these tips.
- Play with your kids. Engage in fun physical activities with your children like dancing to your favorite music
- Try indoor cardio exercises like climbing stairs, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, running in place, burpees or jump rope
- Try body weight exercises like push-ups, crunches, leg lifts, squats, lunges, chair dips or calf raises
- Take advantage of technology. Search for a fitness app, website or video if you need a little guidance – there are plenty of free ones out there!
- Walk indoors at a mall, grocery store or other public place.
If you haven’t exercised in a long time, start with 15 minutes of walking and build the time and intensity slowly. You should always talk with your doctor about a new fitness routine or diet.
Exercise is just one great way to keep your heart healthy!