• Dr. Nicole Knapp

Cold Weather Exercise Can Do Winter Wonders

Is the winter months approach, it is important to make plans to get outside and stay active. Exercise is a proven mood booster that reduces depression and anxiety while helping to reduce stress and even improve your sleep. For some, the need to get outside also helps decrease their seasonal affective disorder.

Currently, it can be hard to find some gear, such as hand weights or yoga mats, so it’s a good idea to start planning your winter workouts now. There are lots of great thermal options for wear during running, or in addition to regular weather workout clothes; however, they may be in short supply, so be sure to place your orders early. Shop around, but with a winter that lasts as long as ours, quality winter gear is well worth the investment.

A great way to stay active is spending time outdoors with your four-legged fur baby. Going on walks, or taking hikes, are great ways to get some fresh air and burn some calories, however, make sure your best-friend is winter-ready. There are special winter coats and even booties to help protect your pet from the harsh elements in the air and on the ground.

Take advantage of daylight hours so ensure you’re soaking up as much vitamin D as you can. Being active during the light, warmer days of the season helps you maximize the amount of vitamin D your body will soak up. Going sledding or snow trekking are great ways to add a winter vibe to your exercise but be sure to purchase good boots that have traction cleats to help keep you steady.

If you love a winter wonderland, ice skating is a fantastic way to work your core and get those legs moving. An activity you can enjoy on your own or with a friend, it’s a low-cost way to get in that cardio as most indoor and outdoor rinks offer skate rentals.

If the elements get too much, or perhaps you need a more sure-footed way to get your steps in, walking at the local mall is a great solution. Many locations offer special, early morning hours for walkers to help keep numbers down and avoid the shopping crowd.

Kick it up a notch and learn how to ski, snowboard or snowshoe. There are great options for taking a day trip to nearby ski hills and rent skis and the equipment needed for everyone, from adults to kids. Some locations even offer introductory classes so you can feel confident as you set off on a new adventure.

Even with the best gear and the safest of conditions, slips and falls on ice or snow are common during these months. We’re here for those regular adjustments that keep you aligned and your joints healthy; however, we’re always open for more urgent visits. Contact us at 262-796-5108 to set up a consultation, or stop into our office in Brookfield to talk more. We can also be reached here on Facebook.

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