Winter WorkoutsOnce the weather turns cold, snow and ice can make jogging and cycling difficult — and even unsafe! Don't let the cold months of winter be an excuse to cut back on your exercise routine. Consider these indoor activities:
- Walk inside your local mall.
- Take the stairs whenever possible instead of an elevator or escalator.
- Walk around your building's hallways during your lunch or coffee break.
- Don't wait for spring for a thorough house cleaning. Wash the inside of your windows, vacuum or shampoo the carpet or clean out your closets.
- Watch and follow an exercise video.
- Exercise indoors at a nearby gym.
- Have a snowball fight.
- Go ice skating.
- Go sledding.
- Make snow angels.
Spring Into ActionAdding physical activity to your day may feel easier in spring and summer. Spring weather makes it easy to get outdoors and get your recommended amount of daily physical activity. These activities can count toward your daily total exercise:
- Go for a brisk walk during your lunch hour or after dinner.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator whenever possible.
- Skip the drive-thru car wash and wash the car yourself.
- Stretch your green thumb by doing some gardening. Consider growing your own fruit, vegetables and herbs.
- Walk in place while watching TV.
- When possible, ride your bike to school or work — or use it to run errands.
- Plan an active family vacation or a weekend outing.
Summer Activity is Crucial for ChildrenDon't let your child spend their summer sitting on the couch. Teach them to enjoy the benefits of being physically active. Help your child stay moving in summer with these ideas:
- Sign your child up for local sports camp or swimming lessons.
- Make going for a walk, run or bike ride together a scheduled event.
- Go hiking and have the kids tell you 10 points of natural interest to enjoy.
- Take up a new hobby together, such as inline skating, tennis or hiking.
- Run through the sprinkler when it's hot outside.
- When it's raining, stay inside, turn on some music and have a dance party.
- Set up neighborhood contests including jump rope, hula hoop or hopscotch.
- Organize community kickball, soccer or softball games or relay races.
- Host a bicycle wash on your street.
Enjoy Autumn ActivitiesGet outside and enjoy the fall colors during autumn with these activities:
- Take a brisk run.
- Go for a nature hike.
- Gather the family and go apple-picking.
- Play a game of football.
Don't Let Exercise Take a HolidayThe hustle and bustle of the holiday season may make it hard to stick to your workout routine, but always make exercise a priority. Good options include walking, biking, running, ice skating or stair climbing. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. If you don't currently have a workout routine, there is no time like the present to get started.
Individuals with chronic conditions should talk with their health care provider to determine whether their conditions limit, in any way, their ability to do physical activity before starting a new routine.