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Staying active in the winter

Posted Jan 14 2010 12:00am

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Even without a gym membership, it’s easy to get plenty of exercise in the warmer months. After all, family walks after dinner, bicycle rides to the park, and pick-up games of soccer provide just as much of a workout as a half-hour on the elliptical—and are a lot more fun. But what about when the weather turns cold? During the winter, motivating myself to stay active is a whole lot more difficult. And while hanging out on the couch with a blanket, a book, and a hot cup of tea can be great, after a while I start to feel sluggish and icky. Here, some of my favorite ways to keep fit when the mercury drops:

  • Go online. Exercise DVDs are great, but I get bored after doing the exact same routine a few times. Websites like ExerciseTV and YogaToday have a variety of free streaming videos, while FitSugar has printable PDF circuit workouts.
  • Use your space. Run up and down the stairs, perform tricep dips against your coffee table, do modified pushups against a wall, or try walking lunges across the living room floor.
  • Clean. Who doesn’t love multitasking? For instance, thirty minutes of mopping or vaccuuming will get your floors spic and span while burning 100 calories—not to mention tone your arms and shoulders.
  • Bundle up. Sometimes, the cold isn’t as bad as you think. My foolproof method for layering (that even allows me to bicycle comfortably in 20-degree weather)? Two pairs of socks, leggings under a pair of jeans, a long-sleeved thermal plus sweater, a coat, gloves, and ski mask. I might look like a puffed-out roly-poly, but at least I’m warm!

What are your favorite ways to keep moving when it’s cold out?

-Marygrace, KIWI staff writer

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