When it's cold, it's easy to put off your workout routine. However, there are many benefits to exercising during winter. Whether you want to burn off holiday weight, gain strength, or even aid your focus on recovery, there are a myriad of ways to stay active this winter.
Stay Fit No Matter What
When seeking therapy for substance use, many counselors also recommend pursuing a physical wellness plan to combat not only the physical effects of substance use, but also to promote the general well-being of patients. Exercise has the potential to really help the process of recovery, which is all the more important during the gloomier months. The dopamine and serotonin gained from working out can be an invaluable boost, while restless nights can be potentially dealt with because exercise can help restore your body clock. Winter, of course, will still be a challenging time for exercise. With that in mind, it may be best to focus on achieving smaller goals, perhaps as part of one larger goal (like losing a certain amount of weight). By doing that, you can keep giving yourself a continuous sense of accomplishment and purpose at a time when focus can be undermined by the weather.
Use Your House
Your house can offer plenty of opportunities to keep fit during the cold winter months. Chores can be quite taxing at the best of times, but you can incorporate workouts into your daily routine. You can do lunges while folding laundry or do push-ups in between vacuuming. Combining exercise with home tasks can keep you positive and focused throughout winter, and beyond. When you're not doing chores, you can use the stairs to further improve your stamina and strength. You can run up them and walk back down, and perhaps carry a weight or skip a step as you use them.
Create a Motivating Environment
Cold doesn't just stay outside, and it's usually accompanied by increasingly darker mornings and afternoons. Both of these aspects of winter can be demoralizing and impact how our bodies function, but there are ways to drive through it. The first is to create heat. If you're finding it difficult to get out of bed because it's cold, then make whatever adjustments are necessary to the thermostat. Consider, also, putting your workout clothes on a heater overnight to make any workout session all the more agreeable. When it comes to winter darkness, you can try to minimize the gloom by acquiring lamps which recreate natural daylight, and by waking yourself up to some of your favorite songs. There are a number of lighting options available, and they can help keep your internal body clock at an optimum state. Last, but not least, consider entering into a mutually accountable arrangement with a friend to ensure you don't avoid exercise because of the chill.
Make Exercise Fun
Being stuck inside can be tedious at the best of times, so creating some entertainment that boosts your physical and mental well-being is for the better. There's potentially a wide array of activities in your area, including Zumba, dance classes, tai chi, badminton, squash, and the more obvious yoga. The latter can be easily adapted for the home, too, and can give you another opportunity to play some of your favorite songs in the comfort of your house. One of the more interesting pieces of equipment you can bring into the home is the mini-trampoline. It's a good way to improve your metabolism and circulation, as well as offer fun while toning your body. Other options include the wobble board and balance ball, which can be great choices to further strengthen you up.
No matter what your goal, try to find ways to keep active during the colder months. Working out indoors does not have to be tedious. It can truly aid your recovery, health, and in accomplishing whatever goals you have set. Find the workout that's right for you and enjoy a healthier self!
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