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!
Rose Melendez, RN
Head of Emergency Department
Rose Melendez, RN is the head of the Emergency Department and Nursing Administration at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital. Tune into WGTS 91.9 FM every Wednesday at 7:40 a.m. to listen to Nurse Rose live on the radio.