- If a gym membership is too expensive or not a good fit, there are other places for you to get in some extra steps. For example, take a friend with you to the mall or a grocery store. Buying a pedometer (a step counter) might help to keep you moving. Remember: 2,000 steps is about 1 mile. Having a friend walk with you can help time pass a little more quickly and you won’t think of it as exercise!
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Look out for sales or coupons for hand weight or resistance (stretch) bands. Once you buy them, you can lift weights or stretch while watching TV or a movie. Stretching can improve your flexibility and increase blood flow to your muscles.
- This may be a great time for you to get involved in your community or at work. See if there are any indoor sports leagues available. Some offer sports such as volleyball, basketball, or soccer.
- Make a rule of not turning on the TV until a certain time. During this time, you could complete some household chores like sweeping, mopping, or doing laundry. All of these things keep you on your feet and your heart pumping!
- You can: rake leaves, visit a pumpkin patch or apple orchard, create an outdoor scavenger hunt, or shovel snow.
- Your pet may be feeling as stuck inside as you are. Head outside for a walk. While you’re walking, think creatively and take pictures of your surroundings.
Staying active during the colder months may not be the easiest thing to do, but it can certainly be done with a little creativity and motivation! Have fun this winter!