Hibernating in the winter time is natural. Animals do that all the time. I can understand why we tend to be very slow come winter, why our bed seems to be the coziest place in the world. The bears and the groundhogs would definitely understand. However, there is a big difference between hibernating animals and hibernating humans. The animals don’t eat much during their winter sleep. We do. Lots. The animals put on weight before the cold season in order to have enough reserve fat to last the winter. We put on lots of weight during the winter time, especially during the holiday season. And whatever fat we accumulate lasts for a long, long time. Thus, it is only right to say that we are doing it the wrong.
Today I am bringing you some more tips on how to stay active in the winter time. Okay, so maybe not as active as we are during the warm months. But we can still aim for that 30-minute physical exercise target without going to the gym. These tips from MD Anderson Cancer Center are quite simple and practical. Anybody can do it!
- Stop driving around in search of a parking space near the door. Instead, park far from the entrance to pack in some extra walking.
- Taking the bus or the subway? Get off a stop or two early and walk the rest of the way.
- Once you’re inside, opt for the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. If possible, carry your purchases instead of using a shopping cart. You’ll get your heart pumping and sneak in some strength training.
- Readying your home for guests is a great way to slip in aerobic activity. Get your fill by gardening, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, scrubbing and dusting before your guests arrive — and after they leave.
- Turn on upbeat music and encourage everyone to get up and dance. It’s an easy way to have fun, burn some calories and stay away from the snack bowl.
- Flying or taking the train or bus? Instead of sitting around while you wait to depart, take a brisk walk around the terminal — and skip the moving sidewalks. When you arrive at your destination, make your walk to baggage claim or the exit a quick one.
- Driving? Add physical activity to gas and bathroom breaks. Bring along a soccer ball to kick around, throw a Frisbee or take a brisk walk.
- Staying at a hotel or with friends or relatives? Many hotels offer gyms and even exercise classes. If that’s not an option, use an exercise DVD or our seven-day exercise plan to stretch your back and stomach, lower body and upper-body and get your heart pumping. Or, go for a jog or hike to check out the sites around the area.
- Train for a holiday race. Many cities hold a turkey trot on Thanksgiving.
- Go apple picking.
- Take a brisk walk around the neighborhood.
- Go hiking.
- Go horseback riding.
- Ride bicycles.
- Ice skate.
- Play a game of flag football, Ultimate Frisbee or basketball.
- Use your lunch hour to jog or take a brisk walk.
- Take the stairs at work.
- Schedule workouts ahead of time.
- Enlist someone with a similar schedule to walk with you during the holidays. Buddying up motivates both of you and gives you a chance to catch up and stay connected.