December 27, 2011

Stay Active During the Holidays

Stay Active During the Holidays

When the temperature drops, our motivation to be physically active often drops too. Fight the holiday bulge with these tips for keeping physically active when the weather gets chilly.

- Build a snowman, fort or castle. By packing, rolling and stacking snow, you'll give your heart and muscles a good workout.
- Go sledding. Running up a snowy hill, sliding down and repeating is a great way to get the whole family physically acive. If you don't have a sled, don't worry - a cardboard box, trash can lid or skateboard without wheels will work great!
- Ice skate. This is a great workout for your legs and heart. You'll also help strengthen your core, which is engaged when trying to keep you balanced.
- Shovel the snow. Someone has to do it, and it's a great way to get the heart pumping and the other muscles working. But don't overdo it!
- Go for an afternoon or evening walk, jog or run - and bring the dog! As long as you're dressed warmly, any time of day can be enjoyable weather for taking a stroll or jog. Winter days are shorter, so start early enough to finish before it gets dark.
- Visit the community center for a game of indoor basketball with friends and family. This is also a great way to entertain out-of-town guests. Grab a ball, some jump ropes or a volleyball for a couple hours of fun physical activity!

Source: American Heart Association

Michael Hagarty
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Maria Cerceo Slade

These are all great tips. I find that late afternoon walks in the winter can be exhilirating. It's great to get out of the house and get some fresh air. Each day and each walk gets us closer to Spring!

January 04, 2012 10:48 AM

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