Life goals: staying active this winter

Dec 27, 2018

It can be easy to just want to curl up and get cozy once the cold weather arrives. In order to stay healthy, it’s essential that we keep moving and remain active, even when the heavy snow begins to fall. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you curb your hibernation habit this winter. These tips that will help you stay happy, healthy and active all winter long.

Staying Active in the Winter

Find Something You Love to Do

Finding a fun outdoor activity to enjoy will make you look forward to getting outside this winter. Start by thinking about the things you used to love doing in winter, but haven’t made the time for in recent years. It’s also a good idea to try something completely new-to-you like cross country skiing or snowshoeing. What you choose to do is up to you. Seta goal of trying something new every week until you find the right fit. Keep showing up. Keep getting out there.

Take it Easy, but Don’t be Sedentary

Exercise in winter doesn’t have to be vigorous to be effective. Try joining a walking group, or start your own with family and friends.

Workout Inside

If you can’t brave the outdoors for too long, try signing up for indoor fitness classes or clubs at a local community centre this winter. Walking to and from the class will add to your workout, too.

Insulate with Layers

The best defense against frigid temperatures is dressing efficiently in layers. Layering is the most effective way to stay warm, dry and comfy. If you get too hot, remove a layer. Your outer layer should be both wind and water resistant. It’s important to stay dry in cold weather. The layer closest to your skin should be made of a moisture wicking material. Avoid cotton as it stays wet when it gets wet.

Hydrate

Proper hydration is essential in all seasons. You may not feel as thirsty, but make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after any outdoor exercise. It never hurts to carry a thermos of herbal tea to help keep you warm and hydrated.

Embrace the Light

The short days and long nights of winter can make it harder to get enough sunlight. If you can, plan your outdoor activities during daylight hours. If you’re exercising outdoors at night, be sure to wear bright, reflective clothing.

Use Your Amenities

If your Timbercreek Community has a fitness centre or pool, make the time to use it. If you would rather workout in your suite, you can create a space to do some bodyweight workouts that require no equipment.

Whatever you choose to do to stay active this winter, stick with it. Getting started is the hardest part. Timbercreek hopes these tips help you stay healthy, happy and warm this winter.

To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

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