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Avoid cabin fever:

Even if you are normally very active during warmer times of the year, staying fit in winter can be a challenge. Not only can the outside temperatures get very cold, but snow and ice can cover sidewalks for significant amounts of time and make exercising outside a safety hazard. But maintaining your fitness level is very important, so here’s how to do it during winter and avoid cabin fever.

 

1. Invest in a Treadmill or Other Indoor Exercise Equipment

If there’s no gym nearby you can go to, you can set up a small one in your basement or another area of your home. Treadmills can be expensive, but can also be well worth the cost. Buying one might make you feel like you’re not getting your money’s worth unless you use it, and you can also use it in the summer when it is too hot to exercise outside. It’s also a good alternative to have during inclement weather.

 

2. Utilize Stairs

Whether they’re the stairs in your home, apartment complex or that lead up to a nearby building, as long as you’re not bothering anyone, you can walk or run up and down them to your heart’s content for a very solid cardio and leg workout.

 

3. Do Indoor Exercises

If you can’t go outside and don’t have access to exercise equipment, there are a number of exercises you can do indoors while doing other things. For example, you could do jumping jacks or lift weights while watching TV. You could also run and skip in place.

 

4. Watch Your Diet

Exercise is not the only thing that contributes to your fitness level, your diet is too. The winter months can be particularly hazardous to your fitness because not only is it too cold outside to exercise, but major holidays where a lot of food is consumed such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s fall during winter. On top of that, colder weather leaves people naturally craving heavier foods. So watch what you eat in tandem with your activity level.

 

5. Take Up Winter Sports

Winter sports can be a lot of fun and can even get you looking forward to winter so you can go out and do them. Good examples include snowboarding and cross-country skiing. Even going outside for a snowball fight with your kids can be a good way to fit some exercise into your schedule.

 

It may take some creativity to figure out how to stay feeling fit in wintertime, but there are quite a few options available to you. If you’ve been indoors and not exercising as much for a while, you might need to make some adjustments. Warm-up exercises may help, but seeking assistance from professionals like chiropractors can help expand the range of things you can do. So if you come down with cabin fever this winter, try doing any of these five things to start feeling fit again and avoid cabin fever.

 

About Author: Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.

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