Winterize Your Workout Routine
Winter is not a time for hibernating from your workout routine; rather, it’s time to winterize your workouts so that you can enjoy the benefits of exercise throughout the year. Most people stay active when the sun is shining and the air is warm. People enjoy walking, biking, swimming and running during those fair weather months. But what are you going to do now that the air is cold and the storm door is open?
The first thing you can do is buy some equipment. With the right gear, you can exercise throughout the year. If you have some indoor exercise equipment, like a stationary bike or a treadmill, you can work out in the comfort in your own home. Please don’t try to use expense as an excuse; with websites like Craigslist, finding cheap, quality equipment is easy. But for those of you who hate to exercise indoors, there are plenty of things to do outside even in the bad weather as long as you have the right equipment. Professional cyclists put on the rain tires and keep on going. Snow hounds cannot wait for an opportunity to slap on the snowboards, snow skis, and snow shoes. With the right gear, working out in the winter can be exhilarating.
If you don’t have room for equipment at home, or if you just don’t want to be outside, then maybe a gym membership during the wintertime will help you maintain your fitness level. The added benefit of exercising in a gym is the use of newer equipment to break up the monotony of your old routine. By connecting with a personal trainer at the gym or in a group class, you can update your workouts to include more things to strengthen your core, improve your balance and optimize your heart health. Many gyms have membership deals for families, individuals over the age of 50 or on an as-needed basis. Gym memberships make great gifts for you or someone you know that needs to work out during the winter months.
During the winter months, an old saying goes something like this: "There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing." Yes, with the proper clothing, all the winter elements can be repelled. From head to toe, you can dress for a winter workout. Breathable, rainproof material is available at all the outdoor clothing stores like www.rei.com, www.eddiebauer.com, www.llbean.com, www.sierratradingpost.com, www.titlenine.com, and others. So grab a pair of warm socks, rain/snow repellent pants, a wind/rain resistant top and a cozy hat, and get out there and do it
Exercise is like any daily health routine. You don’t go a day without doing it and you don’t stop just because of the weather. With the right equipment, the proper clothes and possibly a gym membership, your workout is ready for the winter.
Christina Lasich, M.D., wrote about chronic pain and osteoarthritis for HealthCentral. She is physiatrist in Grass Valley, California. She specializes in pain management and spine rehabilitation.