Have you been wondering about what you could do to stay fit during these cold winter days when you have to basically stay indoors or brave the chilling air or go to the gym? Unless you live in Puerto Rico or Honolulu chances are you’re not getting out as much as you should. Yes I’m the first to admit that I really do not like being shut indoors but I also do not like being cold so it’s very hard to pry myself off of that warm and cozy couch and head outdoors for some good old exercising but for all intents and purposes and most importantly for your sanity and health you must find some fun activities to get you outside and boosting your metabolism.
Even the sunshine that you get will get you fitter as sunlight in very helpful in cases of acute or chronic depression by easily stimulating the synthesis of endorphins or feel good endorphins. This is the main reason for those winter blues and the reason many people get depressed during the dark and cold days on winter.
Remember to make yourself as comfortable as possible as to what you will be wearing since running out in the freezing air in a tank top and shorts will not be good for your health either. It’s best to dress in layers with thermal leggings and many more layers under your sweater with gloves and a warm cap.
- Rent or buy some snowshoes and go snowshoeing. This will boost your metabolism and keep burning calories.
- Go ice-skating.
- Take the dog for a walk or if you don’t have one take the neighbor’s dog, with permission of course.
- Go sledding with the kids.
- Hit the slopes and go skiing.
- Go on a weekend winter camp out.
- Have a snowball fight with the kids and family and top it off with some hot chocolate and oatmeal cookies afterwards.
- Shovel the driveway and sidewalk.
- If you’re into photography go out there and shoot some nice winter landscapes.
Your only limited as to your imagination as to what you can do outdoors to keep yourself fit, happy and getting that ever so important sunlight so dress warm and practical and go out there and keep those winter blues away.