Do you go into hibernation mode when it is cold and snowy outside? Many of us find it difficult to stay motivated to exercise in the winter.
Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you need to stay indoors or stop moving. Exercising in the winter has some surprising benefits:
If you’re going outside, plan accordingly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. Always cover your hands, head and ears to protect them from frostbite. Wear warm shoes.
If you have heart disease, you need to be especially careful exercising outdoors in the cold. The cold weather can cause your heart rate and blood pressure to increase, and force your heart to work harder. Learn the risks of shoveling.
If you’ve recently had a heart attack and you’re concerned about how much activity is safe for you, talk to your doctor. Your doctor can recommend ways to get moving indoors and outdoors.
How do you stay active in the winter? Tell us in the below comments.
Heart-healthy exercises you can do all year long
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